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September 17, 2013
Schools reopen today after repairs

STEPHEN Dillet and Uriah McPhee primary school teachers will report to work this morning and the schools will remain open provided the teachers are satisfied with the upgraded working conditions, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said yesterday.

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August 13, 2010
Parents of Walter Parker Primary School students gathered outside the offices of the Ministry of Education in Freeport yesterday morning to protest the transfer of principal Barbara Thompson. The parents said they learned that Thompson had been appointed

By K. NANCOO-RUSSELL
Freeport News Reporter
krystal@nasguard.com

Parents of Walter Parker Primary School students gathered outside the offices of the Ministry of Education in Freeport yesterday morning to protest the transfer of principal Barbara Thompson.
The parents said they learned that Thompson had been appointed principal of Freeport Primary School, while that school's principal, Sheila Scavella, will be the new principal at Walter Parker Primary.
The group, holding placards, marched around the parking lot of the International Building beginning shortly before 9 a.m.
Walter Parker Primary School Board Chairman Godfrey Pinder said the parents are upset at the fact that the board was ...

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November 18, 2010
Sandilands Primary explores New Worlds through reading

Nassau, Bahamas - Sandilands
Primary School held its Reading Festival under the theme, 'Reading the
Gateway to New Worlds'.  The staff and students also showered retiring
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education with gifts in
appreciation for her contribution to education in The Bahamas. 

Pictured left to right are: Mrs. Esther Cartwright, Vice Principal,
Sandilands Primary School; Mrs. Donna Brown, Principal, Sandilands
Primary School; Mrs. Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Education...

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August 15, 2010
Front-runners for the PLP Kennedy candidacy 'set to address party branch'

A SHOWDOWN is expected to take place tonight at Cleveland Eneas Primary School, when the PLP's Kennedy constituency office seeks to ratify the candidate they would wish to have to represent them in the next general election.

The front-runners for the post are attorney Derek Ryan and Dion Smith. Both candidates are reportedly expected to address the constituency branch when it meets at 7.30pm and state their case as to why they are best suited to be the areas next Member of Parliament.

While it is rumoured that Mr Ryan may emerge from the contest as the probable winner of the evening as he is alleged to be "well liked" by the branch, a source close to the matter said Mr Smith will not ...

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November 19, 2010
Results and Photos of the Burger King High Rock to Freeport Road Race

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Enclosed are the results of the Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture's Burger King High Rock to Freeport Road Race
which took place on Saturday, November 13th.

Participating
schools were Walter Parker Primary, Mary Star of the Sea, Freeport
Primary, Bishop Michael Eldon, Tabernacle Baptist, Eight Mile Rock, St.
George's, Sir Jack Hayward, as well as an open division...

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October 05, 2013
FNM MPs: New Providence is filthy

Several Free National Movement (FNM) MPs have hit out at the government over the deteriorating state of New Providence, with one member calling it an "embarrassment" and another describing it as "filthy".
Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn lamented the unkempt sidewalks and verges around the island but particularly in his constituency, which he claims has been largely neglected for months.
"We have to get our priorities right," he said in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.
"We need a change in attitude because when you leave the island in the condition that it's in at this moment, it is a disgrace and it is an embarrassment. It's certainly an embarrassment to me, and it should be to this government."
Lightbourn said he is extremely disappointed about the condition of his constituency.
Pointing especially to the park near Uriah McPhee Primary School, Lightbourn said the state of the park poses a danger to the children who use it.
"If you go to Uriah McPhee park, which is right next to the school, you can literally lose the children in the grass. The grass is this high," he said, pointing to his waist.
"This is a school that has young children in it. It's hard to conceive. I've made numerous complaints to the ministry about the condition."
The Nassau Guardian visited the park yesterday and noticed that it has now been cleaned up.
Lightbourn said he did see some work being done on some of the verges in his constituency on Sunday. But he said the efforts need to be increased.
"Probably the whole of this island is an absolute disgrace," he said. "I don't know whether the ministry has given any contracts, but certainly if they have, they (the companies contracted) are not performing their duty."
He also spoke about the slow place of garbage collection. He noted that garbage sometimes goes uncollected for weeks.
Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis also complained about the state of his Killarney constituency.
He said the state of the Tropical Gardens park is deteriorating, adding that residents can no longer use the park as the grass is overgrown and garbage has accumulated.
He said garbage has also accumulated on the beach west of Saunders Beach, which is a popular spot for beach-goers.
Minnis said the Gambier community is also facing serious issues.
He said the roads have fallen into a state of disrepair and the verges are unkempt.
"What exactly is going on?" he asked. "We are all aware of the song 'Funky Nassau'. They did not mean it literally, but we are all exposed to funky Nassau. It's now a funky Nassau."
St. Anne's MP Hubert Chipman offered similar criticism.
"The country is filthy," he said.
Chipman said he has written to several officials in the Ministry of Works on the issue.
He said the minister of works needs to address the problem immediately.

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November 18, 2010
School primary school security guard arrested over student sex abuse claims

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ALLEGATIONS of sexual abuse at a primary school has led to government fears of incest and molestation on a wider scale in a local community.

The alarm bells rang after a security guard at Gambier Village Primary School was arrested over claims of sexual abuse by several students. He is now being questioned by police.

Education and social services officials fear there may be a wider problem of child abuse within the Gambier Village community after the investigation unearthed further claims of incest and sexual exploitation.

State minister for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner said: "I have received a few reports ...

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Olymics-Tennis-Bahamian walking tall after Games call-up
August 14, 2008
Olymics-Tennis-Bahamian walking tall after Games call-up

The other kids kept throwing his borrowed racket over the fence when eight-year-old Devin Mullings played tennis on his local court in the Bahamas.

Now the world number 1,025 is playing singles at the Beijing Olympics alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He cannot wait to get his picture taken with them.

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October 02, 2013
Hundreds of students given backpacks as they go back to school

FOUR hundred students - including 200 in the Bain and Grants Town area and many who attend Palmdale Primary School, DW Davis Junior High School and Mt Carmel Preparatory Academy - headed to school this year with snazzy new backpacks teeming with supplies thanks to McDonald's local umbrella company DanBrad Ltd and St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk.

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June 26, 2011
(Photos) Grand Bahama Local Government Elections

Freeport, Bahamas -

Mr. Rollins places his ballot in the box at Polling Division No. 5,
Pineridge Constituency in the City of Freeport June 23 to vote in the
Local Government Elections.

Also enclosed are photos from the

Maurice Moore Primary School and the

Eight Mile Rock High School voting stations...

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November 19, 2010
Revival of boxing at Nassau Stadium

For many years stretching from the 1950s to the 1980s the Nassau Stadium was the primary location for boxing.
When Charles W. Major Sr. returned from New York to reside again at home during the 1930s he was way ahead of his time in sports promotion, but with a trailblazer's mindset, he set about planning. Although he had been involved primarily in track and field throughout his high school and college days in New York, he opted for a concentration on another sport.
It was ironic.
Here was a man who had risen to being one of the best high jumpers in the world. He had cleared 6-8 and won numerous collegiate titles including the prestigious Millrose Games and the Amateur Athletic Union champions ...

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November 19, 2010
Stars in the making

WHERE'S THE POOL? -- For the third consecutive year, Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) coaches have been teaching primary school students how to swim. Students from various government schools are taught by 10 instructors over a two and-a-half hour period.

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Sports - Wed Mar 17
March 17, 2010
Sports - Wed Mar 17

COB athletes return home from Florida meet

The Thunderbird's legacy continues

Two swim well ahead of CARIFTA

GBPA makes presentation to marathon runner Boothe

Top players searching for answers

BSC season winds down

The individual gold at last


SAC wins all eight divisions at nationals

Burnside breaks record and qualifies for World Juniors

Basketball challenge in memory of late ZNS sportscaster Phil Smith

SAC captures all eight divisional titles

Macedonia wins regular season title in men's vice president division

'Fireman' burns up track at IAAF Indoor Championships

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November 21, 2010
Commonwealth writers celebrate junior achievers

Family and friends of the junior writers of the Commonwealth Writers gathered at the Government House Ballroom on Monday, November 8 for the Fifth Annual Writing Awards Ceremony.
Supporters packed the ballroom for a ceremony in honor of young writers from around the country. Primary and High school students from New Providence to Crooked Island accepted awards and certificates for their accomplishments.
Certificates were also presented to primary schools for their participation.
Students were awarded in the categories of Youth Poetry, Youth Short Stories and Adult Short Stories.
Deputy Governor General, Sir William Allen, attended the ceremony and gave closing remarks. Elizabeth M.P. Ryan Pinder w ...

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August 17, 2010
Custom Computers answers family's prayers just in time for back to school

Nassau, Bahamas - A
grandmother's prayer for a brand new computer for her 10-year-old grandson was
answered by Custom Computers. The
company held a special drawing to announce the winners of its Third Annual A's
for Excellence Program on Saturday, August 14 at its Cable Beach Store, before
a jammed-pack crowd of excited students and parents.

As 10-year-old Kamal Hudson's name was
called, declaring him the official winner of the Primary School Category, his
family members all leaped for joy. The sixth grade student from St. Thomas More Primary School
was presented with a brand new Disney NetPal laptop computer...

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November 23, 2010
The St. Francis and St. Joseph Shockers basketball team suffered another heartbreaking loss yesterday, this time on their own home court.

The St. Francis and St. Joseph Shockers basketball team suffered another heartbreaking loss yesterday, this time on their own home court.
The team has yet to win a game in the Archdiocesan Primary Schools boys basketball season and their opponents, the Our Lady's Blue Flames, was not going to let the Shockers' first win come at their expense.
Just when things were starting to look up for the Shockers, in the first quarter, the Blue Flames turned up the offensive heat.
The one point first quarter deficit was the closest the Shockers came to the Blue Flames, who held them to just 9 points. The Blue Flames went on to win 33-9.
Blue Flames point guard Deangelo Mackey led all scores ...

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October 18, 2013
Dept. has corrected 'errors' in handling of public funds

The Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) has implemented all of the recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General regarding the issuance of contracts and expenditure, DEHS Director Melanie McKenzie said yesterday.
"Anytime there is a review and they point out errors, we try to correct those," McKenzie said.
The 2011 Report of the Auditor General highlights numerous concerns about practices at the DEHS during the review period of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.
The report outlines cases where the DEHS awarded contracts to government employees, which the report called a conflict of interest, and in some instances made payouts for maintenance work that civil servants were already paid to perform.
The report by Auditor General Terrance S. Bastian recommended that the DEHS implement a vetting policy and background checks before awarding contracts to avoid conflict of interest and ensure that civil servants are not chosen.
The report also notes an "exorbitant" expenditure at the DEHS of nearly $10,000 on employee cellular phone cards over a two-year period.
Former Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux, who had oversight of the DEHS when the auditor's review was performed, said he and then Permanent Secretary Ronald Thompson initiated the process.
"We were the ones who were responsible for causing the review to take place," Deveaux said. "We had heard comments about wastage and how some of the contracts were being issued."
The report questions the legitimacy of several payments the DEHS made for the maintenance of public spaces and asks why the department would hire a contractor to perform work that is done by government workers.
The report says a $9,500 payment voucher was authorized for cleaning the following grounds in a community: a primary school yard; a basketball court and soccer field; a volleyball court; a community clinic and the road from the entrance of Gambier to the basketball court.
"However, we were informed by the Ministry of Education and the Department of Public Health that their agencies already employ persons to carry out the above functions," the report says. "As a result, we could not determine the legitimacy of this payment."
"In the absence of a credible explanation, we recommended that the funds expended be recovered and brought to account and evidence be provided for audit review."
The auditor general also found that a payment was made to government employees for the maintenance of the Quarry Mission Road Park and G.K. Symonette Library.
The report says that DEHS managers and staff were given monthly cellular phone cards, which amounted to $9,928.05 between October 2009 and November 2011.
"It is also noted that some of these officers are stationed in the office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with access to land lines. Consequently, we could not determine the reason for the exorbitant amount of money spent on phone cards," the report notes.
In addition to concerns over wastage of public funds, the report also notes weaknesses in the internal controls relating to revenue and expenditure at various government agencies and calls for the implementation of an integrated financial management system to improve accounting practices.
The auditor general has raised similar concerns in previous reports.

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November 23, 2010
Blue Flames torch the Shockers

The St. Francis and St. Joseph Shockers basketball team suffered another heartbreaking loss yesterday, this time on their own home court.
The team has yet to win a game in the Archdiocesan Primary Schools boys basketball season and their opponents, the Our Lady's Blue Flames, was not going to let the Shockers' first win come at their expense.
Just when things were starting to look up for the Shockers, in the first quarter, the Blue Flames turned up the offensive heat.
The one point first quarter deficit was the closest the Shockers came to the Blue Flames, who held them to just 9 points. The Blue Flames went on to win 33-9.
Blue Flames point guard Deangelo Mackey led all scores ...

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August 16, 2010
Kennedy PLP branch chooses Derek Ryan

By BRENT DEAN
Guardian Senior Reporter
brentldean@nasguard.com

The Kennedy constituency branch of the Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)has selected attorney Derek Ryan as the person it wishes the party to select as its next candidate at the next general election, party sources said.
At the branch meeting, which was held on Monday night at Cleveland Eneas Primary School, Ryan was selected over attorney Dion Smith. Smith was considered the other front-runner to secure the nomination.
Ryan has been working in the constituency for several years, a party source said, and he has control over the branch.
The support of a constituency branch is a key step to securing a nomination. However, it is not a guaran ...

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