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Nassau, Bahamas - Rodney Moncur, coordinator of the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal office, conducts an inspection of Brownies during the celebration of Flag Day at Our Lady's Catholic Primary School November 16.
Two teams who tangled in the Catholic Primary Schools basketball playoffs last year, will meet in the best-of-three championship this year. The Our Lady Blue Flames stifled the Xavier's Giants in their sudden death playoff game, 31-23, yesterday, and the St. Cecilia's Strikers blasted the two-time defending champions St. Bede's Crushers, 29-10.
Blue Flames 31, Giants 23
The Giants outscored the Blue Flames, 13-3, in the final three minutes of their playoff game yesterday, but it proved to be too little too late for them.
Deangelo Mackey put his team on his shoulders and carried them to an impressive victory. Arguably the best primary school basketball player in the country, Mackey di ...
THE Government plans to convert Our Lady's Catholic Primary School into a special education centre for the disabled, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said.
Kenneth 'Six' Francis, former publisher of The Nassau Guardian, died quietly in hospital around 3:22 a.m. yesterday, his family said.
He was 82.
Francis was instrumental in shaping the pages of the print business much of his life as he brought on board the new generation of talent in the media business, the family noted.
It was during Francis' era when The Nassau Guardian was transformed into a fully digital publishing facility.
Francis was born in Nassau on May 15, 1930 at his parents' home on Fort Fincastle.
As a youngster, he was an avid sportsman and an aspiring musician in the St. Francis band.
Francis once said he was not a Catholic but was invited in by the organizers because of his talent. His musical instrument of choice was the clarinet.
Francis met his wife, Stephanie Marie Francis (nee Marshall), as they both played in the band.
Although he played many sports, his sport of choice was cricket.
On many occasions during his early adult years, he had the privilege of representing The Bahamas throughout the West Indies on The Bahamas National Cricket Team.
'Six', as he was affectionately known, had his name carved in the pages of Bahamian sports history for his dedication and commitment to breaking down the color barrier for golf in The Bahamas.
He was a former president of The Bahamas Golf Federation.
During his professional career, Francis often spoke to students impressing upon them the benefits of staying in school and completing their education.
His proudest accomplishment was being awarded the Queen's Honour of the Commander of the British Empire (CBE), an award which he said represents the greatest honor for community service.
"He has left his indelible print on the sands of time here in The Bahamas and across the region," his family said.
"Today he leaves us to be forevermore with the blessed, and take up his place in the court of the saints."
Francis is survived by his wife Stephanie and children Joyann, Patricia, Stephen, Debra and Kenrah, along with a host of relatives and friends.
"Look around. Think about what you see. Give thanks."
A month ago, we paid tribute to Fr. Bonaventure Dean who died in Canada on May 16, after a protracted battle with prostate cancer. That column covered his life in The Bahamas, focusing primarily on his career which spanned the period beginning with his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest in 1963 up to the time that he left St. Augustine's College and Monastery, the priesthood and The Bahamas in the summer of 1971. During his brief, but meteoric career in The Bahamas, he rapidly rose from history teacher to Dean of Discipline at St. Augustine's College, finally becoming, from 1967 to 1971, the first Bahamian to simultaneously hold the positions of Headmaster and Prior of St. Augustine's College and Monastery, respectively.
Therefore this week, we would like to Consider This... what became of Fr. Bonaventure Dean, in the four decades after leaving The Bahamas in 1971 until his death, during which period he reclaimed the name given to him at birth: John Dean?
Perhaps the most immediate question that many persons familiar with that tumultuous era would want to know is why did he leave? His dazzling spectacular rise at St. Augustine's was legendary. At the exceptionally tender ecclesiastical and secular age of 31, he had become the leader of the Monastery and the College and also during that period he served as the President of the Bahamas Christian Council. Without a doubt, he was on a rapid trajectory that probably would have catapulted him to become the first Bahamian Catholic bishop had he remained, potentially accelerating that historic moment by three decades from its actual realization. So why did he leave?
The most succinct answer can be found in the words of John Dean himself, who in a Canadian publication in 1977 asserted that: "We have the tools to live in the way that [humans] can live most richly and in the way that may well become inevitable--i.e. communally, where the individual has privacy and at the same time he shares with his friends so much of life which is meant to be shared. I did not find this in religious life. I realized in 1968 when all the Benedictine abbots met in Rome that the answer was not there. That is why I am here [in Canada]."
John Dean's decision to leave Holy Orders was not an easy one. In fact, everyone with whom this writer has spoken about Dean's decision to leave his religious vocation has characterized that decision as a profoundly and excruciatingly painful one, particularly in light of the changes that were in train during the latter years of the tumultuous 1960s. In short, it appears that Father Bonaventure felt irretrievably and inescapably trapped "between the ocean and the deep blue sea" -- torn on the one hand, believing that the hoped for changes in the Catholic Church would not happen soon and, on the other hand, fearing at the same time that leaving the priesthood, particularly after attaining such an historic and lofty position, could be interpreted as incompetence and failure of another black man, yet again. But as we all know, he did leave and began another, very different chapter of an already eventful life.
John Dean's love of community and living in a community of like-minded souls prompted him to move to Therafields, one of the largest psychoanalytic communes of the 1970s in North America. Therafields, which was located outside Toronto, was a ground-breaking community of lay therapists. Interestingly, almost half of them had also belonged to the Order of St. Benedict and had left the religious life to found a radically new form of communal life. The commune involved individual and group therapy, endeavoring to empower people to explore their lives deeply and sincerely. To live at Therafields, individuals were required to commit to living together honestly and to struggle with the challenging realities of complex human interactions. Therafields seemed to so naturally match the ideal type of communal life John had been envisioning and searching for at the time.
At one point there were over 800 people involved in Therafields. It was an amazing experiment in communal living, organic farming and psychotherapy. John Dean and Ann Cowper Green, a former English teacher and librarian at St. Augustine's College, were married after leaving The Bahamas and settled at Therafields. In 1977, John's and Ann's daughter, Jerusa Lea, was born.
While he was at Therafields, John was hired as the manager of Therafields Farm, which was comprised of 400 acres and included five houses and a renovated barn complex that included dormitories for weekend guests, a large kitchen and dining-room, a loft with a stage, a construction workshop and John's office. During the time that John and Ann lived on the farm, Therafields grew to include a school, a book store, an organic vegetable enterprise, and an arts centre. According to Ken Plotnik, a former schoolmate of John at Saint John's University who had also become a priest, left the priesthood, married and lived at Therafields while John and Ann were there, Therafields "was a vibrant place that attracted young people who were learning to live emotionally, healthy and ecologically respectful, purposeful lives."
Eventually as people and events moved into the new era of the 1980s, which focused more on the more self-centered outlook of an individual's wants and needs and less on the idea of gaining self-fulfillment from working together, Therafields disbanded. In 1984, John and Ann divorced. Ann and Jerusa returned to The Bahamas, where Ann taught at The College of The Bahamas and Jerusa attended St. Andrew's School.
Shortly after leaving Therafields, John married Margaret Weiler. Margaret, a native of Thunder Bay, Canada, had worked in The Bahamas in 1971 for one year as a nun at St. Cecilia's Catholic School. In 1986, Margaret and John had a daughter, Katie Rose.
Also after leaving Therafields, John returned to teaching, this time in the Toronto Catholic School District, as he had done at St. Augustine's many years earlier. Thus began the third chapter of John Dean's life story, a chapter in which he resumed a familiar role -- Roman Catholic school principal. There he worked until his retirement in 2001. Following his retirement from the Catholic School system up to the time of his second bout with prostate cancer, which had first surfaced a decade earlier, John worked as a consultant in the Toronto Catholic School District.
So what conclusions can be derived from the life of the man we first knew as Fr. Bonaventure Dean and later simply as John Dean? Several characterizations are pervasive, regardless of who one talks to. He was a deeply spiritual individual of immense intellect, a life-long Catholic, warm, charming and charismatic, a consummate educator, one who sought through a philosophical and inquiring mind to honestly confront the conflicts in his life, and above all, one who strived to achieve his destiny.
There is more, much more, to this enigmatic person who walked this way and impacted so many lives. His ability to touch lives profoundly is a gift not often seen. His gargantuan intellectual thirst to understand the divine complexities of life, while living a simple and what could be characterized as an old-fashioned life, amongst his brothers and sisters and close to the soil, illustrate a fascinating dichotomy that is unique. His consciousness as a black Bahamian pushing the boundaries of a heretofore white world at a time when the struggles of the black Bahamian were matching those of other men and women of color the world over was also a distinctive part of his character. And his decision to walk away from a position of power and influence in his church and in his country also marks this man as one with an exceptional and extraordinary moral compass that bears much more examination so that future generations of Bahamians can learn from his example, as did so many of his students. The formative years in The Bahamas, as well as the forty-year sojourn in Canada that morphed Fr. Bonaventure once again into John Dean, from priest and educator to husband, father and educator, continue to be a fascinating story which needs to be and will be told in greater depth and detail -- sometime in the not-too-distant future.
As we remember Fr. Bonaventure of an earlier era or John Dean of the recent past in a Memorial Service and Memorial Mass at the Emmaus Centre and St. Anselm's in celebration of his life this Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, his family members, friends, students and acquaintances will take a moment as he admonished us more than forty years ago to "Look around. Think about what you see. Give thanks."
Philip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis & Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament.
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Abaco, The Bahamas - St. Francis de Sales Catholic School student
Ashanti Duncanson recites "Junkanoo", during the recent E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at the St. Francis de Sales
Church, in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A large number of former and current Freeporters will be returning to the island of Grand Bahama on January 19, 2012 for a reunion.
The group consists of former students of Freeport High School and Grand Bahama Catholic High School, families, and friends who lived in Freeport in the 1960s and 1970s. Oragnizer Diane Lawrence reports there are already 200 plus in the group with over 100 comfirming they will be attending the reunion in Freeport from January 19 to January 22, 2012.
For more information on the Freeport in the Sixties reunion event, email email@example.com or visit the public Facebook page HERE.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) --
Jeff Ansorge once commanded a staff of 17 and made around $80,000 a year as executive chef at a posh downtown Minneapolis restaurant where a 24-ounce dry aged Porterhouse steak goes for $48. But he gave it all up to become the head cook of a Salvation Army soup kitchen, where the meals are free. Now he brings his culinary skills to bear making salmon, ribs and stews for the poor and homeless who come to The Salvation Army Eastside Corps Community Center in St. Paul. For the Thanksgiving meal that's being served Wednesday, Ansorge planned a traditional feast of turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls, served on tables covered with white tablecloths.
"It is not your old-fashioned soup kitchen where you get a bowl of soup and a piece of bread and (are) sent on your way. He makes phenomenal meals that you would pay quite a bit of money to go to a restaurant and have," Salvation Army Capt. John Joyner said of Ansorge, who left The Capital Grille to run the soup kitchen.
The clients agree. "This is outstanding. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give him an 8-and-a-half, yep," Donnie Richardson, 55, a homeless man from St. Paul, said over a meal of chicken thighs, rice and mixed vegetables in the center's white-walled gymnasium. Ansorge, 40, says a spiritual awakening led him to his new job at the soup kitchen in October 2012, making just onethird of his previous salary. "I went through a divorce. I was suffering from major depression for four years. And my priorities were all wrong,"Ansorge recalled while standing near the center's pantry shelves. "I wanted the highpaying job. I wanted the big house. I wanted the cars. I wanted all that. And ultimately, none of that satisfied me."Ansorge started cooking when he was 16 at a mom-andpop restaurant. He went to school in Rhode Island, earning degrees in culinary arts and food service management before joining The Capital Grille, where he spent 12 years.Now Ansorge is lucky to get as many as three volunteers to help him in the soup kitchen. On a recent Thursday, Ansorge -- a trim man with short gray hair -- set up the tables, seasoned, seared and baked the chicken thighs, dished up meals and wiped down the tables afterward. Instead of a traditional white chef's hat and uniform, he wears a dark blue T-shirt with the words "SHIELD CREW" in white with the red Salvation Army insignia, and blue jeans.
Raised Catholic, Ansorge -- a former altar boy -- said he drifted away from his faith in his 20s and 30s. Despite his prominent position at the restaurant, Ansorge said he was spiraling downward.
"My priorities were backwards. I had a big mortgage, I had car payments, I had credit card debts," Ansorge said. "And now I have none of that."He sent about 10 applications to mainly Christian nonprofits, hoping to make a change. He chose The Salvation Army because "it's a nonprofit that works with people that need help."
Joyner said The Salvation Army initially felt Ansorge was overqualified. But none of the other candidates seemed a good fit.
"His credentials are unbelievable. He could easily be making two, three times what he makes working for us. But he told us that he wanted to give back and he really wanted to do this," Joyner said.
Susan Dunlop, chef and coowner of Joan's In The Park restaurant in St. Paul, worked with Ansorge for nearly three years at The Capital Grille. She says she's not surprised by his decision.
"That's his true passion. He wanted to do something where he was giving back to the community," Dunlop said. "It's who he is. He needs to do that to be happy."
Ansorge didn't just bring cooking skills. Joyner said Ansorge's shopping skills save the organization money.
Ansorge said he looks for bargains on food nearing its expiration date that grocery stores don't want to sell but has been frozen and is salvageable. The Salvation Army also has a partnership with the Second Harvest Heartland food bank that allows it to get 40-pound cases of mixed poultry for $5, he said. Before Ansorge came to the soup kitchen, The Salvation Army spent $28,000 on its lunch program at the East Side center. In Ansorge's first year there, he spent $13,000 on the lunch program. The center serves from 80 to 140 people each day at its Monday through Friday noon meal.
Ansorge also tries to bring nutritional value to whatever meal he serves. For some, it may be their only meal of the day.
He's eliminated desserts and cut back on the fat and sugars in meals.
"I don't want to feed them anything that I wouldn't eat,"he said. "I try to feed them something that I would feed to my own family."
The Auburn Plainsman: Things seem to be rolling right along for Auburn's own Caribbean track and field treasure.
women's track and field coach Henry Rolle was born in the town of
Freeport on Grand Bahama, where track is the most popular sport.
It was here he ran the 100-meter dash and hurdles while attending a private Catholic high school of about 400 students.
Rolle said life was fun growing up in the Bahamas, and he was quite the typical island boy.
ABACO - 24
NORTH ABACO - 11
Shiloh Baptist Church
Grand Cay All Age School (Preschool room only)
Church of God Pentecostal
Green Turtle Cay
Amy Roberts All Age School
Church of God
New Hope Baptist Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Faith Walk Church of God
Fox Town Primary School
New St. Andrew Baptist Church
Revival Time Pentecost Church Youth Hall
CENTRAL ABACO - 7
Central Abaco Primary School
Friendship Tabernacle Church
Abaco Central High School
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
Hope Town, Elbow Cay
Hope Town Pre School
Man-O-War Public School
Guana Cay All Aged School
SOUTH ABACO - 6
Assemblies of God Church
Casuarina & Bahama Palm Shores
Casuarina Point Fire Station
Crossing Rocks Primary School
Sandy Point/Sands Cove
Sandy Point Community Center
Moore's Island- The Bight, Hard Bargain
Soul Seeking Ministry
Moore's Island All Age School
ACKLINS - 5
North Acklins Hurricane Shelter
St. Paul's Baptist Church
Church of God of Prophecy
Zion Ebenezer Baptist Church
ANDROS - 28
SOUTH ANDROS - 7
St. Mary's Anglican Church
Deep Creek Primary School
St. Paul's Baptist Church
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Friendship Baptist Church
High Rock Primary School
Long Bay Cays
Long Bay Cays Pre-School
Mangrove Cay - 2
Mangrove Cay High School - Lisbon Creek to Pinder's
Burnt Rock Primary School - Little Harbour to Burnt Rock
Central Andros - 10
Cargill Creek Township
St. Bartholomew Anglican Church - Behring Point
Church of God of Prophecy - Cargill Creek
Pentecostal Church - Bowen Sound
Fresh Creek Township
Catholic Church - Fresh Creek
St. Paul's Anglican Church - Calabash Bay
Voice of Deliverance Church - Calabash Bay
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church - Calabash Bay
Mt. Ethel Baptist Church - Love Hill
Staniard Creek Township
St. Hope Baptist Church - Blanket Sound
Stafford Creek Primary School - Stafford Creek
NORTH ANDROS - 9
Nicholls Town Primary School
Church of Christ
Church of God of Prophecy
South Mastic Point
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
North Mastic Point
Pleasant View Assemblies of God
First Baptist Church
Salem Baptist Church
YEAST Training Center
BERRY ISLANDS - 1
Great Harbour Cay
Church of God of Prophecy
BIMINI - 1
The Gateway Gymnasium
CAT ISLAND - 9
NORTH CAT ISLAND - 3
St. Andrews Anglican Church
New Ebenezer Baptist Church
Lovely Zion Baptist Church
SOUTH CAT ISLAND - 6
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Zion Baptist Church Hall
St. Mark's Anglican Church
Zion Baptist Church
Restoration Baptist Church
CROOKED ISLAND - 6
Church of God of Prophecy
St. Paul's Baptist Church
All Saints Anglican Church
Seventh Day Adventist Church
St. John's Baptist Church
Command Centre (Administrator's Dwelling)
ELEUTHERA - 27
NORTH ELEUTHERA - 14
Zion Methodist Church
The Current Community Centre
John Wesley Methodist Church
Haitian Baptist Peoples Church
St. Paul's Anglican Church
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Wesley Methodist Church
Mission Church of God
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
Wesley Methodist Church Lighthouse Church of God
Harbor Island Public Library (Special Needs Shelter)
The People's Church
CENTRAL ELEUTHERA - 7
Saint Mark's Methodist Church
Governor's Harbour Primary School
North Palmetto Point
Salvation Army Church
Church of the Nazarene
SOUTH ELEUTHERA - 6
Church of God of Prophecy
Rock Sound Primary School
Green Castle Primary School
Wemyss Bight/John Millar's/Waterford
Wemyss Bight Primary School
Deep Creek Middle School
The Administration Building
EXUMA and THE CAYS - 19
St. Mary's Anglican Magdalene Church
St. Peter's Union Baptist Church
Harry Cay/ The Ferry
St. Mathew's Baptist Church
Hartswell / Rolle Town
Mount Carmel Mission Baptist Church
St Andrews Anglican Church Community Center
St. Theresa's Catholic Church Center
The College of The Bahamas Resource Center
St. John's the Baptist Anglican Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Mt. Hermon Baptist Church
Palestine Baptist Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Roker's Point & Harts
St. Margaret's Anglican Church
Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Sinai Union Baptist Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
St. Mary's Union Baptist Church
St. Luke's Baptist Church
Mt. Oliveth Baptist Church
GRAND BAHAMA - 11
City of Freeport - 9
St. George's High School Gymnasium
Living Waters Assembly of God
Church of Christ
Foster B. Pestaina Centre Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King (Special needs shelter)
First Baptist Church Hall
Central Church of God Hall
Sir Jack Haywood High School
Maurice Moore Primary School
West Grand Bahama - 2
Eight Mile Rock High School Gymnasium
Martin Town Community Church
INAGUA - 3
St. Phillip's Community Centre
Basil McIntosh Complex
LONG CAY - 2
Old Post Office Building
LONG ISLAND - 9
Seymours Gospel ChapelSimms
Beulah Baptist Church
First Assemblies of God
St. Joseph's Anglican Church
Seniors Recreational Centre
The Community Center
St. John's Anglican Church Hall
Holy Cross Anglican Church Hall
Holy Family Anglican Church
MAYAGUANA - 3
Abraham's Bay Secondary School
Pirates Well Primary School
Betsy Bay Community Centre
RAGGED ISLAND - 1
RUM CAY - 1
St. Christopher Anglican Church
Gerace Research Center
St. John's Baptist Center
Zion Baptist Church- United Estates
SAN SALVADOR - 5
North Victoria Hill
St. James Native Baptist Church
Zion Baptist Church
Total Family Islands Emergency Shelters- 155
Freeport, Grand Bahama
- As thousands of students across the island headed back to the
classroom last week, students of the Lewis Yard Primary School, were
greeted by a newly refurbished campus at the former St. Vincent DePaul
Catholic School to welcome them into the 2012/2013 school year. The
relocation initiative, came as a result of Government and private sector
partnerships, and according to Mr. Ian Rolle, President of The Grand
Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) was a move that will benefit the
As Team Bahamas readies to compete in the upcoming 42nd annual CARIFTA Games, 17 athletes from Grand Bahama are among their ranks as The Bahamas plays host to the region, March 29 to April 1, 2013. Several well-known Bahamian track and field standouts hail from Grand Bahama...
No team is favored and no lead is safe! It's been that kind of year in Catholic Primary Schools basketball as, once again, a pair of games went down to the wire before the winners emerged. The Xavier's Giants got their first win of the year as they held off the charging Sts. Francis/Joseph Shockers, 25-23, and in the feature contest yesterday evening at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road, the defending champions St. Cecilia's Strikers defeated the St. Thomas More Sparks, 24-22.
"Project Grow", born out of the "Be Active, Eat Smart" programme, kicked off at St. Cecelia's Catholic Primary School recently when programme facilitators, Generali Worldwide Insurance, through its partners, Home Grown, donated hundreds of vegetable seedlings to the school's garden.
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE St Bede's Crushers and Xavier's Giants closed out the Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools Basketball League with victories at Loyola Hall on Monday.
But with the sudden death playoff scheduled for Wednesday, league coordinator Vanta Culmer noted that it might just be delayed because of the outcome of the two games.
While Xavier's clinched the third spot in the playoffs with a 41-38 decision over the St Thomas More Sparks, St Bede's had to go to overtime before they came away with a 49-41 decision over the St Francis/Joseph Shockers.
As a result of the outcome of the game between St Bede's and St Franc ...
By RENALDO DORSETT
In a game of scoring runs, Xavier's Lower School's early outburst was enough to withstand a late rally from the defending champions in the Catholic Archdiocesan Primary Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Giants protected home court to take a thrilling 13-11 win over the St Bede's Crushers yesterday at the Xavier's campus, despite scoring just four points in the final three quarters of the game.
Tahj Moss led his team with a game-high five points in the win, while Jamaal Davis, Tyreik Tynes, Johnathon Johnson and Glen Knowles each chipped in with two points apiece.
Makarious Russell led the Crushers with four poin ...
The Catholic Board of Education yesterday continued its 2011 primary schools basketball league with a double header at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road.
In the opening game, the Xavier's Giants nipped the Sts Francis & Joseph Shockers 25-23 to win their first game after losing their first two. The Shockers dropped their second game as the two teams are even at 1-2.
Jamal Davis scored 12 points in the win for the Giants and John Nixon also had 12 in a losing effort for the Shockers.
In the feature game, St Cecilia's Strikers improved to 2-1 with a come-from-behind 24-22 win over the St Thomas More Sparks. The Sparks are still winless at 0-3.
Michael Cartwright scored a game high nine po ...
A magistrate yesterday fined a 17-year-old girl for breaking into a school and stealing electronic items and a vacuum cleaner.
She was one of four people who were initially charged in connection with the theft of the items from St. Francis and St. Joseph Catholic Primary School in August 2009.
Amid scathing criticism surrounding the handling of the multimillion-dollar New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP), Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham confirmed yesterday that the government is seeking outside help for the remainder of the project.Over the past several months, some members of the public have become increasingly frustrated over the controversial road works, which have led to lengthy road closures, detours, and traffic delays as several major roads have been closed simultaneously for months.
Ingraham told reporters yesterday that several engineers who worked on the Baha Mar road project will be hired to assist with the project.
The new West Bay Street, which opened last week, took nine months to complete. While the NPRIP is significantly larger than the Baha Mar road project, some observers have suggested the Baha Mar road project was better planned.
"The New Providence Road Improvement Project is challenging,"Ingraham said on the sidelines of a Flag Day Ceremony at St. Bede's Catholic School.
"We are accessing some of the engineering persons to help down there because the engineering persons who are down there they have come from other jobs so we're going to use their service.
"The public can look forward to a relatively hassle free Christmas season. Baillou Hill Road will be paved[from]Soldier Road in the south, up to Government House. Market Street will come from Robinson Road to Ross Corner and continue along."
Ingraham said all of the 11 corridors will be open before Christmas.
"You should have no particular difficulty other than the usual traffic jams, but not because of the road works,"he said.
The government signed a $120 million contract for the work in December 2008 with Argentinian firmJose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles (JCCC).
The government received a loan for the road work from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The project was supposed to take just under three years to finish, which places the completion date around January next year.
However, it is unlikely that the target date will be reached, according to officials.
The work includes installation of a 24-inch water main from Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive in the east to the junction at Baillou Hill and Robinson Road, which is expected to improve water quality.
As contractors continue to face challenges on the roads in the inner city,Ingraham said work is continuing in the downtown area.
"We are going to begin scarifying the entire Bay Street on Sunday night, from Cumberland Street to Elizabeth Avenue and put down one and a half inch [layer of tar] as the first coat,"Ingraham said.
"We will finish all of that work no later than the 30th of November so you will have a December that's free and clear in the city of Nassau."
He added that Charlotte Street will be cobble-stoned instead of paved, and will be used primarily for pedestrian traffic.
As it relates to George Street, which was closed off earlier this week, Ingraham said the sewer system collapsed in the area.
The prime minster said as soon as that is fixed, paving will commence in that area.
Meanwhile, he said BTC is completing some underground utility work on Parliament and Frederick Streets. Upon completion of those works paving will begin.
Ingraham said those works are expected to be done sometime next year.
By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE private schools are responding positively to recent increases in government aids, education boards say the money will not decrease tuition but will go towards school's maintenance, educational programmes and staff salaries that suffered as a result of last year's budget cuts.
During Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's unveiling of the new budget in the House of Assembly yesterday he announced that last year's subsidy cuts for private and church affiliated schools will be reversed, increasing them by 20 per cent.
Director of Catholic Education Claudette Rolle said the increase in government subsidies for pr ...
Form of Notice of Notice of Referendum
The polling day for the referendum will be on the 28th day of January, 2013.
Freeport, Grand Bahama -- As Team Bahamas readies to compete in the upcoming 42nd annual CARIFTA Games, 17 athletes from Grand Bahama are among their ranks as The Bahamas plays host to the region, March 29 to April 1, 2013.
Freeport, Bahamas - It
was an historic day for Grand Bahama Catholic High School, as it hosted
its first annual Flag Day ceremonies last week. Under the auspices of
the Minister of Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, the
Director of Catholic Education in the Bahamas, Mrs. Claudette Rolle, and
former Counsel-General, Mrs. Katherine Forbes-Smith, it was an occasion
of pride and respect for the country's greatest national symbol, the
Mrs. Joye Ritchie-Greene, principal of Catholic High,
wanted to help her students understand the true significance and the
value of the flag to a country, especially the Bahamas. The entire
Crusader family spent numerous hours perfecting the..
On Friday, 24th April 2009 Miss Tia Duncombe, a student of the Grand Bahama Catholic High School emerged as winner of the second annual ‘The Customer 1st Associates Ltd.’ High School Speech and Debate Contest. The competition took place at the Foster B. Pestaina Parish Hall of Pro-Cathedral, Christ The King.
Genymphas Higgs, 18, is the first Grand Bahamian to receive the All-Merit Scholarship.
The Grand Bahama Sports Council Committee and the City of Freeport Council pay tribute to sports icon Coach Errol Bodie and urge all G.B. Sports Hall of Famers to attend his funeral service at 10:00 am...