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New Providence Police consfiscate 60 firearms - Investigate Andros traffic fatality - Shooting victim succumbs
POLICE CONFISCATE SIXTY (60) FIREARMS - Thirty
(30) days into the New Year police throughout the country, in keeping
with the Commissioner of Police Policing Plan "Tackling Crime', have
confiscated a total of sixty (60) assorted firearms and one thousand
four hundred and fifty (1,450) rounds of ammunition...
POLICE INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY - A
one (1) year old female toddler is the country's latest traffic
fatality.The incident reportedly occurred around 12:30 pm on Sunday 29th
January, 2012 at South Andros.Initial police reports indicate that the
driver of a 1998 Chevy truck was entering the driveway to...
UPDATE: SHOOTING VICTIM SUCCUMBS - On
Sunday 29th January, 2012 a shooting incident occurred at Wilson Tract
which resulted in a 49 year old male being shot to the back. Police
wish to inform that shortly after 8:00 am today's date the victim
succumbed to his injuries.Police are investigating and are appealing to
members of the public who may...
Now that the Baha Mar development has commenced, the authorities should diligently inspect and monitor the dump trucks on the road ensuring that their cargo is not falling onto the roads and that the trucks are not releasing thick, black toxic discharge into the air.
Every morning, and evening, the wonderful walk between Arawak Cay and Goodman's Bay is interrupted by these big trucks and their cargo, spilling debris onto the roads and toxins into the air. These are offenses under the Road Traffic Act S5l.
Perhaps police can enforce the Road Traffic Act thereby making the owners of the trucks more responsible and conscious of their surroundings.
Parliament can also assist by increasing ...
Meeting the Bommer G. Angels at an intersection, on the road to the championship title, is something members of the Johnson's Lady Truckers basketball team said they are ready to do.
Handing the Angels their first loss of the season has given the Lady Truckers confidence that they can send the pennant winners home, eliminating them from the championship picture in the New Providence Women's Basketball Association (NPWBA). The Truckers, led by veteran guard Glenda Gilcud, pulled off a close 73-71 victory on Saturday night. The game which had fans on the edge of their seats from the opening tip, went down to the wire.
The Angels came back after a 10-point deficit and pulled within two. With their starting point guard Diasti Delancey in foul trouble, Head Coach Anthony Swaby turned to Malesha Peterson and Kaylicia Laing to control the tempo of the game for his team.
Peterson, who came into the game in the third quarter, turned the ball over three times before "shaking off the jitters". The Lady Truckers took full advantage of the three turnovers, adding seven points to their lead which was cut down to five at that time. Gilcud scored five of the seven points, connecting from behind the three-point arc and netting a long jumper. She stripped Laing, who had just checked in, dishing it on to Audrey Martin. Martin missed the jump shot, but teammate Latoya Rolle was there to clean up the boards. Rolle closed the game with six offensive rebounds and seven defensive boards. She wiggled her way around Ashley Moss, the dominant rebounder for the Angels.
Like Delancey, Moss was also in foul trouble but Swaby left her in the game hoping that her presence would intimidate the Lady Truckers. However, Shantell Rolle and crew were not scared. The return of Janice Williams along with Rolle and Deandra Cunningham helped the Lady Truckers push on. Between the three, 31 boards were secured. The second-shot opportunities also helped the team out because point guard Rolle was in a shooting slump. She gained confidence after scoring off the batted balls she chased down.
"It was a tough game and we knew that the Angels would be a tough team to beat," said Shantell Rolle. "As long as we played together, dominate the boards and execute the fast paced game, we knew we would win. It feels good to be the team to hand the Angels a loss. This won't be the first one they would get from us either. We really don't have to go back to the drawing board and change anything. Yes we have to work on one or two things but we will be good by the time the playoffs roll around."
Gilcud led all scorers with 21 points, four rebounds and two assists. Martin and Rolle netted 16 and 15 points respectively. Moss, who had 21 rebounds, scored 13 points. Delancey also had 13 points, pulled down nine rebounds, had six assists and two steals, while Keisha Richardson scored 11 points.
The loss for the Angels could not come at a better time, according to Swaby. He believes that his team needed to lose a game to wake them up.
"We are not too pleased that we lost, but I must say that we needed the loss in order to wake us up," said Swaby. "No team will come in here and give you anything, you have to always play hard for it and that is the lesson that we learned tonight. The team is ready now, they will play hard and continue to play hard because they don't want to feel this way again, so I don't expect to see the Angels lose another game."
Police are investigating two separate traffic accidents which killed a one-year-old child and a male pedestrian.
The little girl was strapped into a stroller and was sitting in a driveway when she was killed, police said.
The incident occurred after the driver of a 1998 Chevy truck pulled into his driveway at his home at Pleasant Bay in South Andros around 12:30 p.m. yesterday.
The child was taken to the local clinic where she was pronounced dead, said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings.
"A team of officers from the Traffic Division in New Providence will travel to South Andros to assist their colleagues, with the investigations," Skippings added.
In another incident, around 2:30 a.m. yesterday a man was struck and killed by a passing car as he walked in the Baillou Hill Road area early yesterday morning. Preliminary reports indicate that a man, who was driving a 2005 silver L300, was involved in the accident.
The car was heading north on Baillou Hill Road in the area of West End Avenue when the pedestrian, whose identity has not been released, was hit.
The driver remained on the scene and is assisting police with their investigation.
Last Wednesday, a four-year-old girl was killed on East Street after she was struck by a route 21 bus.
Karis Thompson, a student at See Saw Christian Academy in Centreville, died at the scene. On Thursday, her teachers and schoolmates mourned her unexpected death.
"Karis was a beautiful and intelligent girl who was very lively. She was just amazing and a remarkable student. Everyone is taking this really hard," said school administrator Mary Sawh.
Baha Mar has always produced an impressive list of numbers.
Billions of dollars are being spent on this colossal resort rising in Cable Beach. Thousands of Chinese workers will be shipped in for construction. And 14,000 Bahamians have found employment since groundbreaking, including direct employment and spin-off jobs, according to the company.
But behind the steel gates is more than a construction site.
During an exclusive tour, Guardian Business discovered an international village unlike anywhere else in the western hemisphere.
"This project is unique because of the cultural differences," said Mark Vice, the construction director for China Construction America. "There is real magnitude here. We're learning to communicate more and learning there is more than one way to accomplish something. They (the Chinese) have different methods. This collaboration has begun to show signs of benefits and will continue to do so down the line."
Our group passes through a high metal fence in the parking lot across from Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. Several large, pre-fabricated buildings are spread out along paved streets and sidewalks.
Inside are approximately 175 administrative staff members - engineers and translators busily relaying information between management and construction crews.
Inquisitive staff poke their heads over the top of their cubicles before quickly returning to their work. It's so quiet you almost feel reluctant to speak.
"We are working in a truly multicultural environment," Robert Sands, senior vice president of administrative and external affairs for Baha Mar, said.
"I think everyone gets motivation from others."
The administrative buildings are capable of withstanding a Category 4 hurricane, he added, and will simply be folded up and shipped out when the job is done.
The Man Camp
From there, Guardian Business hops on a rugged buggy and sets off down the freshly-paved streets. Other vehicles pass by. A Chinese worker rounds a corner balancing a large piece of scaffolding over his shoulder, more than three-times his size.
It is not long before the concrete is replaced by a bumpier road.
While the old west Bay Street has been closed for only two short weeks, the sprawling construction zone - around 550 acres - is a hive of organized chaos. Giant mounds of earth have been piled to the side. The road has been torn up. Deposits of metal, wood, concrete and other construction materials cover the gravel and dirt floor. As we watch the hundreds of Chinese workers in action, Guardian Business is first led to where they rest - the Man Camp.
"We paid attention to the comfort and needs of these workers," Sands told Guardian Business. "This is not a back of the truck kind of operation. Standards are high. Quality is high. This is an environment that is professional."
Passing through another gate we are greeted by rows of long rectangular dwellings. There are only around 360 Chinese workers on-site now, but thousands will live here in a few short months.
Signs of life are already there.
Shoes have been placed neatly on racks outside the doors. Above that, clothing dries out in the breeze.
Tens of millions will be spent on housing, feeding and entertaining the workers over the next few years, Vice told Guardian Business.
As we enter the mess hall a flatscreen hangs from the ceiling playing a Chinese television show. Signs written in Mandarin cover the walls, one of which says: "Do not waste food."
Not far away is a medical clinic with several Chinese nurses in uniform tucked behind a white screen.
Vice, the construction manager, explains that Baha Mar is "ramping up" to prepare for the big influx of Chinese workers. Every month from now on will see the population of this village rise, culminating in June until February 2013 when more than 2,000 Chinese workers will arrive in New Providence.
Exiting the Man Camp, we soon encounter the most significant progress to date. Since November 1, Chinese workers have been building the foundation and podium of the casino hotel and convention center. Nearly 3,000 supportive structures have been placed 35 feet in to the ground, consisting of long metal rods melded into a cylinder and filled with concrete.
According to the heads of agreement, the podium for casino hotel is a major milestone for Baha Mar and remains one of the most challenging and complex stages of development.
By July 1, it should be 100 feet above grade. And when it's completed, the 1,000-room hotel, elevated on a mound, will be 32 floors.
Not far from the casino hotel and convention center, towards the coast, is the site of the Rosewood hotel. Resting on the old west Bay Street, foundational work has also begun, as well as for the Morgan's hotel sitting west of the Nassau Beach Hotel.
Meanwhile, the 22-acre "pool and beach experience" on the coast should begin construction in March, Sands pointed out.
The Baha Mar executive said he was unsure on how much of the $2.6 billion budget has been spent thus far, explaining that "a huge amount" has already gone into construction.
"A project of this size requires so much planning that orders have been placed for three to six months from now," he said. "We're not just working on today. The planning process is far advanced. In terms of what you are seeing now, it is not a true indication of the planning and work."
The tour ends across the street from Breezes. Our buggy passes the demolished west Bay Street and lumbers back in to the outside world.
As we arrive at the parking lot once more, Vice and Sands pat our Chinese driver on the back.
"Xie Xie," they said.
"You're welcome," the driver responded.
* For more images of TNG's exclusive Baha Mar tour please check our online gallery.
A man who received a pardon for murder was yesterday jailed for 18 years in connection to the death of a love rival.
Kirkwood Storr, 50, had originally been charged with murder in the February 28, 2010 stabbing death of Livingston Davis, but he pleaded guilty to the less serious charge of manslaughter by provocation on November 27, 2011.
The court heard that Storr was at home with Shirleymae Knowles, 19, when Davis arrived at the residence on Hospital Lane. Davis, 18, who was dating Knowles, called her outside, but she remained in the house with Storr.
This angered Davis and he broke a glass window on Storr's truck. Storr subsequently went into his truck, grabbed a cutlass and stabbed Davis 10 times.
Davis drove off, but he died minutes later and his car crashed into another vehicle on Poinciana Drive.
Storr was convicted of murder and attempted murder in 1985. He received the death penalty for the murder charge and a 15-year sentence for the attempted murder charge.
The death sentence was commuted to life and Storr received clemency in 2000.
Storr appeared before Justice Bernard Turner. Darell Taylor represented the Crown and Mario Gray appeared for the convict.
ANGELS ON TOP
THE Bommer Gee Lady Angels improved their front- running record to 15-1 after they pounded the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs 74-48 in New Providence Women's Basketball Association (NPWBA) action during Saturday night's double header at D W Davis gym.
The Lady Angels are now two full games ahead of the idled Lady Johnson Truckers, who are 12-2 as they head towards the final round of regular season play that will determine this year's pennant winners.
The Angels and Truckers have beaten each other once so far and will have a showdown for the third time on the very last night of the season.
The defending champions Four "J's" Cheetahs have b ...
By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMAS Hot Mix has been awarded at least $77 million in contracts over the last 10 years, according to the Minister of Works.
Neko Grant tabled a list of all government contracts issued to Bahamas Hot Mix in Parliament on Monday, in response to questions by Golden Gates incumbent Shane Gibson.
Not included in the estimation of the total was a contract jointly awarded to Bahamas Hot Mix and Bethell's Trucking and Heavy Equipment for $13.5 million for roadworks in the wake of Hurricane Frances, as it is unclear how the funds were split.
Contrary claims that Bahamas Hot Mix is awarded the majority of government paving j ...
The jitney driver who struck and killed a four-year-old girl last Wednesday was released from police custody, police said.
Officer in Charge of the Traffic Division Carolyn Bowe said the driver was kept overnight in police custody for questioning and released pending further investigations last week Thursday.
Police officials noted that the driver did not flee the scene of the incident, so they are not worried about him fleeing the country.
Bowe spoke with The Guardian yesterday after wrapping up a meeting about the investigation.
The victim, identified as See Saw Christian Academy student Karis Thompson, was crossing the road on East Street north when a route 21 jitney hit her.
Bowe also said investigators that went to South Andros to investigate the traffic fatality of a one-year-old on that island had returned to Nassau yesterday to conclude that matter.
The little girl was strapped into a stroller and was sitting in a driveway when she was killed, police said.
The incident occurred after the driver of a 1998 Chevy truck pulled into his driveway at his home at Pleasant Bay in South Andros on Sunday.
Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings yesterday reiterated calls for parents to be extremely vigilant.
"Continue holding their hands when walking with them, and walk with them on the inside of traffic -- shield them from traffic," she told The Guardian yesterday.
"These events should cause parents to be extra careful," she noted.
Police have identified the victim of a hit and run accident that occurred on East Bay Street on Sunday morning, leaving a middle-aged man dead.
According to police, the victim, who was a resident of Fowler Street off East Bay Street, was struck and killed around 1 a.m. west of the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza.
He was identified yesterday as Valance Brown, 48.
The vehicle involved in the incident is believed to be a dark green Honda. Police have launched an islandwide search for the driver, according to police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings.
This latest incident is the country's sixth recorded traffic fatality for the year so far.
On January 25, four-year-old Karis Thompson was struck and killed by a route 21 jitney on East Street around 4:15 p.m.
The jitney was traveling north on East Street between McCullough Corner and Lewis Street.
Thompson was a student of See Saw Christian Academy in Centreville.
It is still unknown if the driver of the jitney was at fault. He was kept in custody overnight for questioning following the accident and was later released pending further investigations.
In another incident, around 2:30 a.m. last week Sunday a man was struck and killed in the Baillou Hill Road area by a passing car.
The vehicle was reportedly heading north on Baillou Hill Road in the area of West End Avenue when a pedestrian, whose identity has not been released, was hit.
The driver remained on the scene and is assisting police in their investigation, police said.
Police are still investigating a traffic fatality that occurred on the same day involving a one-year-old girl in the Family Islands.
The little girl was reportedly strapped into a stroller and was sitting in a driveway when she was killed.
According to police reports, the incident occurred when the driver of a 1998 Chevy truck pulled into his driveway at his home at Pleasant Bay in South Andros.
That matter is still being investigated, police said.