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November 27, 2011
VERDICT EXPECTED IN BISHOP'S SEX TRIAL

FOLLOWING several delays in making a decision, the ruling in the sex trial of Bishop Randy Fraser, pictured, is expected to be handed down this morning.

The guilty or not guilty ruling was supposed to have been delivered in Court 8, Bank Lane, on Friday. However, an announcement was made the day before, and the ruling was postponed to today.

Tribune sources claim a portion of the trial transcripts - which needed reviewing - had been given to presiding Magistrate Carolita Bethell the day before the ruling was supposed to be made, hence the need for an adjournment.

Upon requesting confirmation from the deputy Chief Magistrate, she directed questions regarding the adjournment to the prosecutor Fra ...

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August 03, 2012
Bahamian swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace makes 50m Freestyle finals

LONDON, England -- In a fast-paced first semi-final heat of the Olympic Women's 50m Freestyle Bahamian swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace raced across the pool on Friday evening to earn a place in the finals, alongside world record holder Germany's Britta Steffen and 100m Freestyle winner Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.
Her time of 24.64 was the third fastest qualifying time in heat 1 and sixth fastest overall.  Kromowidjojo, who swam in heat 2, posted the fastest overall of 24.07.
The Women's 50m Freestyle final will be held at the Aquatics Centre on Saturday, August 4th, at 7:30pm UK time or 2:30pm in the Bahamas.
SOURCE: London 2012

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October 19, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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July 19, 2012
The Bahamas beats Guadeloupe!

The senior men's national volleyball team sent a strong message to the other squads playing at the 14th Annual Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championships, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Tuesday.
After receiving a first day bye, the national team took to the court against Guadeloupe. Led by captain Prince Wilson, the team served up its first win, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-13. The match lasted 73 minutes and Wilson finished as the top scorer with 14 points. Teammates Renaldo Knowles and Byron Ferguson added 10 and eight points respectively.
The Bahamas is playing out of Pool 'B' with host country the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and Guadeloupe. Over in Pool 'A' are the defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Martinique. Head Coach De'Vince Smith likes the start the team is off to, and was looking to keep the win/loss record blemish free when they took to the court against the U.S. Virgin Islands last night. The result of that match was unavailable up to press time.
Smith said: "Our players had the opportunity to compete against most players throughout the Caribbean in numerous club and semi-professional tournaments prior to traveling to the Caribbean Volleyball Championships. However, we were placed in a pool with southern countries in the likes of Guadeloupe and the U.S. Virgin Islands where we had no prior opportunities to see the level of competition of these teams.
"Fortunately, host country USVI played Guadeloupe on the opening night which gave us an opportunity to watch and scout both teams. Guadeloupe plays a relatively slow and high game, with most of their sets to the outside or right back position. During our practice session, I had players assimilate the exact style of play in an effort to strategize our game. For the most part, we quickened our offense to beat the taller, slower blocks and used the three-man block to defend the high balls being set to the wings. It was of utmost importance to win the first game and set the tempo. We wanted to make a statement for the remaining games."
The national team was training in preparation for the tournament for over three months. The team is missing Shedrick Forbes, a right-side attacker who plays an integral part in the team's offense. He was unable to travel because of technical issues with his passport. The team was forced to re-adjust the offense, shuffling players around into various positions.
"We have a very versatile team and so we were able to make the necessary adjustments," said Smith. "He (Forbes) is going to be missed. It did bring the mood down a bit but the guys were all hyped and excited to finally hit the court and show that they belong here, and that the title can be won by them. We jumped on Guadeloupe from the first point which was a perfectly executed slide from Byron Ferguson.
"From that point Prince Wilson went to the service line and gave the team a comfortable seven-point lead. The team never looked back as setter Tony Simon ran a consistent offense, coupled with strong blocks at the net from Byron and Renaldo Knowles. Team libero Jamaal Ferguson played a steady reception and defensive game allowing the setter to take control of the offense.
"If we continue to play and have a well-balanced game every time we step on the court, it will be hard to beat us."
The quarter-finals will start on Friday and continue on Saturday. The championship will wrap up on Sunday. The women's segment will come on the heels of the men's, commencing on Tuesday. The women's national team will leave on Monday.

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April 14, 2011
Emma E. Cooper Students Showcase Eleutheran Talent in Arts Festival

Palmetto Point,
Eleuthera, Bahamas - Students at the Emma E. Cooper Primary School in
Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, perform as a descant recorder group, during
the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, on April
12, 2011.

Emma E. Cooper Primary School students Tyrin Culmer and
Bernard Bethel  perform as a descant recorder group, during
the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications

at
Palmetto Point, Eleuthera school,

on April 12, 2011...

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April 13, 2011
Prosecutors accused of wasting judicial time

A?judge yesterday slammed prosecutors in the murder case of Richard McKinney for wasting judicial time.
He is on trial for the shooting murders of Lashon Davis and Omar?Smith at Rupert Dean Lane on February 5, 2010.
Darnell Dorsette asked the court for an adjournment yesterday morning because of a personal emergency. McKinney’s lawyers, Jairam Mangra and Roberto Reckley, objected to the adjournment.
When the court resumed at 2:30 p.m. Dorsette was not there. However, Ambrose Armbrister appeared in her place. He called crime scene officer Corporal 472 Romel Dixon, who testified that he photographed two men in the morgue.
Five minutes into his testimony, Reckley objected to the photographs ...

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Severe Weather Warning
August 03, 2012
Severe Weather Warning

THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 10:45AM EDT UNTIL 12:15PM EDT, FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST, 2012.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR, CENTRAL AND SOUTH ELEUTHERA, THE MIDDLE EXUMA CAYS AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS AND A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR BIMINI AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.

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July 16, 2012
FNM hits out at PLP's plans for Island Palm Resort

The Free National Movement (FNM) hit out at government for its plan to abandon the expansion of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, labeling it as evidence that the Christie administration does not see healthcare improvements as a priority.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis told reporters in Grand Bahama that the Christie administration was considering using the newly-acquired Island Palm Resort, which is adjacent to the hospital, as a temporary homeless shelter.
The Ingraham administration bought the resort for $1.9 million in April to upgrade the facility and increase the hospital's bed capacity.
"We are revisiting that hopefully to ensure that we will be able to bring some immediate impact on some of the challenges that Grand Bahamians are facing," Davis told reporters last week. "The stories about people living in cars, on the beaches, when we have that property sitting there doing nothing... we are looking at the possibility of bringing some of those persons off the beach, out of the cars and placing them there on a temporary basis."
FNM Chairman Charles Maynard said the party wants government to reconsider the decision, which he said could hurt domestic medical tourism.
"This upgrade is part of an overall expansion of the Rand," Maynard said in a statement. "There has always been a bed shortage at the Freeport hospital and the increased use of the operating theaters has further stretched the recovery capacity of the Rand. The FNM administration purchased the former Island Palm Resort, adjacent to the hospital, which provided a significant increase in capacity for the hospital."
He continued, "We question the Christie administration's commitment to the overall improvement of health services to Grand Bahama and their ability to provide real initiatives to stimulate growth to the local economy."
He said the FNM is aware of the economic plight of some Grand Bahama families and supports an expanded social safety net, but not to the detriment of healthcare.
"We do not support the compromise of the local healthcare system and the potential economic spin-off that can come from the completed Rand improvement project, which would provide much-needed jobs for the people of Grand Bahama," he said.
"The PLP government's decision is an admission that they do not have a plan to improve the economy of Grand Bahama," Maynard said.

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July 31, 2012
Crown challenges murder acquittal for first time

Prosecutors yesterday challenged a judge's ruling on a no case submission for the first time.
Last year's amendment to the Court of Appeal Act gives them that right.
The Crown says Justice Vera Watkins fell into error when she directed jurors to acquit Tyrone Francis of murder on November 15, 2011.
Francis was accused of intentionally hitting Jonathan Linden with his vehicle moments after they had an argument at Royal Castle on Baillou Hill Road on October 10, 2009.
However, Watkins found that prosecutors had not produced any evidence to show that the collision was intentional. She said that there was no evidence of any offence on the Crown's case.
Prosecutor Neil Brathwaite said that issue should have been determined by the jury during their deliberations.
Brathwaite asked the appellate panel to order a retrial on murder or manslaughter.
Justice of Appeal Christopher Blackman said, "From the transcripts, the judge seemed to have developed an attitude that was antagonistic to the prosecution's case. By excluding the [traffic reconstruction] expert, it almost foreshadowed a successful no case."
Watkins did not allow Assistant Superintendent Richard Rahming to give opinion evidence on the speed that the vehicle was traveling because she did not deem him an expert.
The appeal has been adjourned until September 3 for Francis' lawyer Murrio Ducille to respond.
Ducille, who is on vacation, was not present during the hearing. His colleague Terrel Butler appeared on his behalf for the sole purpose of seeking an adjournment.
The Bench did not accept this position and said counsel should be ready to proceed when appearing before the court.

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January 16, 2012
The Bahamas finishes 2-3 in half marath

David Ferguson and Mackey Williams gave the fans in attendance a treat yesterday, as they battled for most of the race in the third running of Marathon Bahamas.
They ended up second and third respectively, in the half marathon. Ferguson, a physical education teacher at Government High School, finished second in 1:20.32, and Williams finished third, in 1:21.29. American Cobi Morales took the half marathon title, in 1:17.00.
Just like his WildSide Online Elite Racing teammate Bryan Huberty, who took the full marathon title, Morales said that his strategy was to pace himself in the first part of the race and finish strong coming down to the end of the race.
"It was a beautiful course and the people were beautiful as well," said Morales yesterday. "They kept cheering and that was a big motivational factor. I had a blast. I came here expecting to have a good time - not really focussing too much on winning but just to come here and compete well. Winning was a plus and I accept that, and I'm very happy with it. It wasn't my best time, but it was good considering how powerful the wind was."
Second place finisher Ferguson said that he was hoping for a better time, but is thankful for finishing the race in good health and being the first Bahamian to cross the finish line.
"It felt good," said Ferguson. "I've been doing a lot of training in the last five months, trying to get ready for this race. I feel like I should have ran about three minutes faster today but it's okay. I made a few mistakes but I'll make the adjustment for next year's event. I did the preparation and trained for the bridge so it didn't throw me off at all. We knew what to expect from the bridges so that wasn't a factor. I just didn't adjust to the wind like I should have," he added.
Williams said that he enjoyed the back and forth battle he had with Ferguson, and will look to come out on top next time.
"It was a workout, but I felt good. There is always room for improvement," said Williams yesterday. "I felt that I could have done a little better but the headwind played a factor today. It was like a battle of the fittest out there. He (Ferguson) prevailed today but there's always next time. We were going head-to-head straight through today and he edged me out."
Distance runner Williams said that he was motivated from the crowd yesterday and just having a desire to finish the race, and finish strong.
"There was a lot of self motivation and to know that it is being done for health reasons is an added benefit," said Williams. "My motto is, 'Your health is your wealth', so I believe that you have to take care of the body and eat right. The bridges were a challenge but by the grace of God, I made it through and I was able to finish. It was more mental than physical today. Thank God that I was able to hold on."
American Jessica Crate, from Melbourne Beach, Florida, was the first female in the half marathon. She finished fourth overall in 1:21.47.
"I felt great," said Crate. "It was an amazing course and it was a lot of fun. The wind was a little tough coming back, but it was a good challenge. The people here were great - along the route and at the finish line. People are always a good motivating factor in any race and today wasn't any different. They played a huge part in me going on. It was very inspirational. The scenery was amazing as well. Overall, it kind of reminded me of all the marathons that I ran in combined into one. The bridge was a lot of fun because we got to overlook the entire area. To top it off, it was a beautiful day. I'm just thankful that I was able to come here and perform well."
Crate finished seven and a half minutes ahead of the next female competitor in the half marathon. The first Bahamian female finisher in the half marathon was Jessica Murray. She was 13th overall, in 1:34.47.
Bahama Drie won the male team competition yesterday in 3:31.29, Kananga was second in 3:44.28, and One Team Campbell rounded out the top three in 3:47.37. S. Bahamas of SDA Female Team won the female team competition in 4:10.42. In the Co-ed Division, Island Street Art prevailed in 3:02.13, Pat Kemp Carpet and Wall Covering finished second in 3:17.38, and C.R. Walker Sr. High School was third in 3:36.24. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Team number two finished fourth in 3:45.17.

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April 06, 2011
(Photos) National Arts Festival Holds Workshop on Man-O-War Cay

Man - O- War Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas - Students from the Man-O-War Cay
All Age School perform a song as part of a workshop held for the school
by adjudicators of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, on
April 4, 2011.

Choral and Instrumental Music Adjudicator Ms. Helen Peloquin (at piano) shows Man-O-War Cay
All Age School music teacher Deanna Stecker a song as part of the workshop...

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April 19, 2011
Amy Roberts Primary Green Turtle Cay, Abaco at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival

Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

- E. Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival Arts and Crafts adjudicator Kishan Munroe
(right) and Arts and Crafts Officer in the Department of Culture Ellery
Deveaux examine a number of torch boxes, at the Amy Roberts Primary
School, Green Turtle Cay, on April 5, 2011. Torch boxes were used on
the island in the era before television for entertaining the children
there.  The children would make the boxes and later parade around the
island with candles in them.

Amy Roberts Primary
School students Makayla McIntosh (left) and Shelby Sawyer sing
"Standing on the Promises", during the  E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival adjudications on Green Turtle Cay, on April 5, 2011...

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June 02, 2011
Tyrone James March, 52

Funeral services for Tyrone James March, 52 yrs., a resident of Sandilands Village Road, who passed away on 23rd May, 2011, will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street on Saturday at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Reverend Glen C. Nixon. Interment follows in Catholic Cemetery, Infant View road.
Left to cherish his precious memories are:  

Fiance: Judy L. Cash and family

Seven sisters: Joy Maria Ann Dixon-Ferguson; Brenda Marina Dixon-Price of Queens, New York;  Lonnie Emmeline Dixon-Rolle of Eluethera; Junnette Priscilla March-Radjpaul of Queens, New York; Catherine Joyce March-Butler; Lorraine March-Bethell and Linda March

Two Brothers: Cecil March and Robert Hall

Three Aunts: Florette Hepburn and Theresa Bruno, both of Miami; and Naomi Devaney

Three Uncles: Edward Hepburn, Vincent Wilson and Clunis Devaney

Nieces: Ava R. Bain, Tamika P. Symonette, Meisha M. Ferguson, Angelique K. Butler, Sophia Higgs, Chrystal Bethell, Samantha Price of New York, Nadia Miller, Athena March, Sheral March, Nicole Knowles, Donna Nottage, Maureen Catalano, Kelly Lockhart-Gaillard, Schevon Miller, Laverne Rahming, Wendy, Charlene and Sharon Thompson, Deanne Reid, Melissa Higgins, Rev. Deborah Percentie, Gina, Bridgette, Alexis, Sharon and Rhonda March, Juva McPhee, and Hyacinth Hanna, Maureen Ferguson, Royanne Morrison, Elizabeth Symonette of Orlando, Florida; Denice Rolle of Eleuthera; and Allison Heastie.

Nephews: Oswald Ferguson Jr., Troy Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Rev. Terrance G. Morrison, Valentino Bethell, Cedric Rolle, Jr. of Eleuthera; Robert Terrell Hall, Tarvan Symonette, Sean and Kevin Price of Queens, New York, Carol, Sterling, Fredrick, Shawn, Deon, Ron, Sherman, Andrew, Philip and Anthony Happy March, Noel and Nevin Clarke, Dewey Sargent, Wayde Fox, Craig Morley, Terrence Bain Sr. and Darron Higgs

Grand Nieces:   Tamara, Shakira and Jamie-Lee Ferguson, Dianna Ferguson of Miami Florida, Alicia Major, Moesha, Denicia, Lonisha and Angel Rolle of Eleuthera, Nia Price and Brittany Weller of New York, Teranne  and Terroy Morrison

Grand Nephews: Hugh and Travis Ferguson , Demetrius Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Cedric III and Cordero Rolle of Eleuthera, Christopher Price of Queens, New York, Tristen and Tyreece Higgs and Terrence Bain Jr., Tarvan Symonette Jr. and Darren Mackey Jr.

Great-grand Nephew: Lamond Davis

Great-grand Niece: Demicia Deveaux

Sisters-in-law: Anna, Beatrice and Lyn March

Brothers-in-law: Cedric A. Rolle Sr. of Eleuthera; Norval Radjpaul of Queens, New York; and Benson Knowles;

Cousins: Jermaine Marley, Edward Jr., Gerard and Gary Hepburn; Tio, Stephen and Latanya Devaney; Webster, Peron, Dillon, Darius, Yolande, Heather and Candice Bruno; Beulah, Wilbur, Elsie and Veronica Smith of Mars Bay, Andros; Ashiel Smith of Freeport, Grand Bahama; Alvin, Lionel and Allan Smith of Miami, Florida; Eugene Smith of Stuart Manor, Exuma, Annamae and Merle Smith, Sarah Cleare, Geraldine Darville; Edithmae Ferguson, Verlee Curtis, Rhuel and Rudolph Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Holly, Glover, Magnolia, Icelyn and Leanor Ferguson, Cressell and Dorothy Clarke, Angie Clarke and family, Berthalee Curtis and family of Stuart Manor, Exuma, Pearline Davis, Jim Nixon and family of New York, Barbara Sweeting, Roger Collimore and family, Perky and Hugh OBrien, Sheila Smith, Oralyn Elliott, Lolita and Roger Clarke; Rhonda, Terry, Terria and Tyler Murray; Michael and Maria OBrien; Marguerite Grant, and Margaret Duncombe and family; Friends and other relatives, including: Oswald Ferguson Sr., The Heastie family, Dawnette Mitchell, Shervone Burrows, Rachae Morris, Roger Exilus, Willie Wright of North Carolina, Eustan and Mary Forbes and family, Douglas and Grace Way-nee of Canada, The Morrison family, Sister Andrea Laurencine (Cennie) Dixon (Sister of Charity N.Y.), Gerard Earlin and Sandra Dixon of New York, Frank Dixon, Jr. of New Jersey & family, Petrona Dixon-Lewis of Freeport, Grand Bahama and family, Shirley Thompson and Maestro Dixon of Grand Bahama, Whitley Dixon, Lorraine Rolle and family, Margo Isaacs and Judith Roker of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera and family, Deidre Sands of Eleuthera, Thomas Williams of Queens, New York; June and Michael Thompson, Keno, Kenicka and Keron Woods, Linda Carey, The Francis family, Jerome and Eudane Stubbs and family, Nora Gibbons, Melvin Armbrister, Will Fritz and family, Leroy Neely, Mr. Garnard Burnside and family, Donzella Burke and family, Thelma Scott and family, Vivian (Junior) and Francina Rolle, Dr. Kevin J. Alcena and family, Captain Ezra Davis, Churchill and Roosevelt Rolle, Sidney Demeritte, Larry Glinton, Eric L. Symonette Jr., Gary Pinder; Janet of New York; neighbours and friends from Market Street, Nassau East North and Sandilands Village Road and a host of other relatives and friends.  We apologize if we missed anyone.  

A special thanks to Judy Cash, Ava Bain, Denice Wildgoose, and Edward Knowles for the exceptional care and attention to Tyrone while he was hospitalized.  A special thanks also to the doctors and nurses of the Accident and Emergency and the Orthopedic Wards at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 2-5 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.

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January 31, 2012
NEMA fraud trial put off to 2013

The trial of two people accused of defrauding the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been adjourned until next year.
Stanley Nixon and Valderine Watkins appeared before Supreme Court Justice Roy Jones for the start of their trial yesterday. The pair are accused of stealing $50,000 from the disaster management agency after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.
However, the trial did not proceed and Jones adjourned the case to March 18, 2013.
Nixon and Watkins were first arraigned before a magistrate on the accusations in 2008.
Darell Taylor appeared for the Crown. Cheryl Bazard, Dorsey McPhee and Romona Farquharson appeared for the accused.

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July 24, 2012
Former MPs support Ingraham's farewell plan

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham deserves a chance to give a farewell address in Parliament, said two retired MPs who were denied the same opportunity when Ingraham caused the House of Assembly to be abruptly adjourned back in March.
Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt, the former St. Cecilia MP, and Kenneth Russell, former MP for High Rock, said they hold no grudge against the North Abaco MP for denying them this opportunity on March 28, the final meeting of the House in the last term.
Pratt, Russell and other retiring MPs did not have the chance to make a final speech in Parliament thanking voters for their support over the years.
"I feel I should have had that opportunity, but if it wasn't given it wasn't given," Russell said yesterday. "I hold no malice for him or anybody else for that matter.
"MPs should be able to say farewell to their constituents from the seat they sent them to. Regardless of [what] he did when we wanted to speak, two wrongs don't make a right, so he's entitled to it and he should be given it whether he did that to others or not."
Pratt, who represented St. Cecilia for 15 years, cried outside the House of Assembly.
She said she has "moved on" and is happy that Ingraham will have the chance to speak in Parliament again.

"I believe that it is right and fair for MPs who have served for such a long time to be able to say farewell," the former national security minister said. "Even though Mr. Ingraham didn't allow me to do to it he is one of the longest serving MPs, I would feel upset if [Prime Minister Perry] Christie wasn't given an opportunity to say farewell to his people.
"He (Ingraham) has served for so long not just North Abaco, but the entire Bahamas. I wanted to say thank you to the Bahamian people not just to St. Cecilia, but [to the] many Bahamians who supported me for many years."
At a rally on March 29, Ingraham, who at the time was prime minister, defended his decision to move for the abrupt adjournment of the House.
"The PLP consider themselves to be special people with special privileges," Ingraham said. "I heard them complaining.
"I see Mother Pratt sitting down on the step yesterday. They are now complaining that after we finished our business for which we were elected and we suspended the House of Assembly, that they didn't get a chance to say goodbye to their constituents.
"Well, didn't they know how to find these constituents when they wanted to get elected to the House? How come they can't find them now? Go right back to those same houses and say 'goodbye, thank you very much.'
"Go right back, street by street, house by house -- 'I've come to ask you to vote for me, now I'm gone, thank you very much.'
"For five years they have had every opportunity to say whatever they wished. Thanks to the FNM, they were able to have their say in living color on TV. They must not blame me if they are late again."
After the Free National Movement lost the May 7 election, Ingraham announced his plans to step down as leader of the party and give up his North Abaco seat.
He was sworn in as the MP for the area for the eighth consecutive time and later said he would resign on July 19, the anniversary of his first election to Parliament.
He handed in his resignation last Thursday; however it does not take effect until August 31.
Ingraham is expected to give a farewell speech to Parliament when the House reconvenes on Wednesday, according to Speaker Kendal Major.
"Wednesday is a sitting of the House. Based on the conversation he and I had we agreed that he would have something to say," Major said.

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February 01, 2012
KFC reveals payroll details in contract spat

A pension fund payment, a health and welfare fund and 18 pounds of ham and turkey at Christmas are just a few of the perks embedded in the contracts of KFC workers.
Cooks, food service workers and customer service employees make nearly double that of equivalent employees working for the competition, according to a payroll disclosure by KFC management.
Whereas a cook, for example, makes $358 per week at KFC, the competition pays out just $200.
The details from KFC's Nassau office were published in one of the country's daily newspapers on Tuesday. It serves as the latest blow in an ongoing fight between KFC workers and management at the fast-food chain.
The two sides have been trying to negotiate a new industrial agreement since October of last year. Management has claimed since the beginning that wages and benefits of KFC workers must be brought in line with industry standards and reflect the current economic conditions.
Darren Woods, secretary general of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers union (BHCAWU), said he's surprised at the level management has "sunken to".
"Workers didn't just get those salaries and benefits. They didn't put a gun to their head," he told Guardian Business. "They have been in negotiations for years. There was a signed contract. Those people go to work and they perform for the money they make. They didn't get all of that by accident. They were negotiated over many years."
According to the KFC, employees are guaranteed a seven-and-a-half work day under the current contract, whereas the competition provides no such assurances. KFC workers receive $1,066 annually as a pension fund payment, $420 annually for the health and welfare fund,  and two-and-a-half weeks of bonus pay at Christmas.
Management claims none of these benefits are offered by the competition.
Under the current contract, workers also get 21 paid sick days per year, an average of 18 days of paid vacation and a long-service payment for employees that have been with the company for eight years or longer, equivalent to two weeks pay.
The publishing of wages and benefits is consistent with a more aggressive stance toward negotiations. Last week, Guardian Business reported how the company posted a notice in both major dailies declaring a new wage structure will be enforced on February 20.
The ultimatum sparked outrage at the BHCAWU.
Woods said the two sides plan to meet today to discuss the areas of possible concessions, although optimism isn't at an all-time high for the BHCAWU.
"I'm surprised at the level they have sunken to," he added. "I don't know what they are trying to get out of it. At the end of the day, we cannot agree with the reduction of salaries."
Winston Rolle, the chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, said many contracts in the past were negotiated during different economic times.
In the case of KFC, concessions must be made for the greater good and to save jobs. KFC is one of the oldest franchises in the country, he added, and rising competition and increased prices for goods have squeezed companies considerably.
"I also think what you find is other entities are in a non-unionized environment," Rolle explained. "A lot of these contracts were also negotiated at a different stage of economic activity. You would like to think they will find a medium ground here. The last thing you want is people losing jobs."
As a business owner, Rolle told Guardian Business that cutbacks are never pleasant, but sometimes it is a "fact of life".
While he didn't know what has to be done in this specific case, he expressed hope that approximate adjustments are made to ensure the longevity of KFC.
"Costs are rising but you also have competition coming from all sides. Businesses must make adjustments," he said.

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June 15, 2011
Grand Bahama Power Company's new 80 million plant cleared for ground breaking

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Work is underway on the Grand Bahama Power Company's new 80 million dollar plant thanks to the efficient work of Waugh Construction, a local contractor in Grand Bahama. GBPC announced a few weeks ago their contractual agreement with Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) and MAN Diesel & Turbo (MAN) to construct GBPC's new 52 MW HFO diesel plant, on 6 acres of land adjacent to the current Steam Plant.
"We are excited to have bulldozers on site and clearing getting underway," noted Sarah MacDonald, GBPC's new President and CEO. "The new plant is proceeding on schedule and providing much needed construction jobs to the local community."  
The new plant will benefit customers providing a long term solution to improving reliability and stabilizing rates for GBPC customers.  Customers also benefit from the new cost structure approved by the Grand Bahama Port Authority which ensures that the plant is built without an increase in customer's rates.
While the international contractor along with an expected local work force of over 70 will build the new diesel pant, GBPC customers will benefit from supplemental generation brought on Island in early June. Once site clearing is complete construction of the physical plant will commence later this month and is projected to be completed in 2012.
Photos: Waugh Construction clears the way for new 80 million dollar GBPC Generation Plant - Local contractor Waugh Construction has been busy this week clearing the way for the new Grand Bahama Power Generation Plant. GBPC announced a few weeks ago their plans to construct GBPC's new 52 MW HFO diesel plant on 6 acres of land adjacent to the current Steam Plant,  the project is due to be completed in late 2012. 'We are excited to have bulldozers on site and clearing getting underway,' noted Sarah MacDonald, GBPC's new President and CEO. 'The new plant is proceeding on schedule and providing much needed construction jobs to the local community.' (Photos courtesy of Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media Ltd)

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February 16, 2012
NEMA invests 700K to rebuild ravaged homes

Residents on the islands of Acklins, Rum Cay and Cat Island that have been displaced since Hurricane Irene's devastation last August could be moving into their new homes by summer.
Captain Stephen Russell, director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), pointed out to Guardian Business that plans have been approved to build 19 homes on those three islands, most of them in Acklins, at a cost of $700,000.He said this is good news for these residents, as they have been forced to live with relatives since the hurricane's passing.
"We have approval to commence home reconstruction on three Family Islands. In Acklins, 12 will be rebuilt, two on Cat Island and two on Rum Cay," NEMA's chief noted.
"So far, we have visited both Rum Cay and Cat Island and met with contractors.  We also examined the sites where the homes will be built and met with the potential recipients of these homes," he shared.
"I will travel to Acklins with the recipients of those homes and physically see the properties where the homes are to be built, and I want to meet with local contractors to confirm who will get the contracts to rebuild those homes in Acklins."
After visiting those islands, Russell said his team is satisfied that the building materials can be shipped to Rum Cay and Cat Island.
He is projecting that by month's end, 19 contracts will be awarded so that the homes can be constructed shortly after.
"I estimate that those 19 homes will be constructed in two to three months in Acklins, Rum Cay and Cat Island," Russell said.
"Just over $500,000 has been allocated for the 12 homes in Acklins. In Rum Cay and Cat Island, roughly $100,000 at least for two homes in each of the islands.  For the three-bedroom houses, they should take about two months to complete."
Russell told Guardian Business that NEMA is working with Ministry of Public Works and Transport officials to find local contractors to build these homes.
In the short term, Russell said this rebuilding exercise will bring with it employment opportunities.
"I see anywhere from five to seven people being hired to work on these homes at various phases.  It all depends on the contractors and their needs to get the job done," according to Russell.
Russell admitted that rebuilding these homes will be costly, which is why he and his team in some instances are looking at unoccupied property near damaged homes to rebuild on.
"In some instances, it will be required to demolish homes but we are going to try where we can, if there is an adjacent property, to build a home for the recipients," he explained.
"We will try that first because it is probably just as expensive to break down an existing home to build another home and that could be pretty costly."
"In Cat Island and Rum Cay, we have identified adjacent spaces in those two islands where we can build new homes next to the old homes instead of having to expend the funds to tear down at this time."

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February 20, 2012
Spoil your significant other

The day of love may have passed, but if your Valentine's Day did not go as planned, then a "make-up" meal should be on your agenda right about now, according to Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel Executive Banquet Sous Chef Jamal Petty. But if you really need to "make-up" he says forget a meal and plan a day's worth of decadent dining to spoil your significant other.
For the chef who is a fan of fusion cooking, he takes classic dishes like French toast and New England clam chowder and puts a twist to them with the addition of Bahamian ingredients.
To start things off right he suggests his Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt for breakfast. For a delicious lunch or to end the day, his Coo Coo Soup he says is delicious enough to satisfy any palate. And rather than sip on champagne, he says the perfect option is a glass of his Sexy Switcher.
Even though Valentine's Day may have passed, he says chocolate is always fashionable so presenting a plate of chocolate covered strawberries, although simple, he says is perfect for any occasion.
"I love to play with flavors in my mind, and I wanted to create a breakfast that would take your taste buds on a journey ... almost like overexcite it in a comfort kind of way, which is how I came up with the Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt," said Chef Petty who also hosts the Island Flare cooking show. "I wanted to infuse flavors of The Bahamas into dishes that are internationally recognized." He actually made his Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt for a tourist who he says proposed to him after tasting it.
The toast is made similar to French toast with the addition of Bahamian flavors. But the one thing you must do the chef says is to always use bread that's at least an inch thick. The end result he says is so delicious it's a treat you'll want to recreate again and again. If you're not a fan of dilly, he says you can easily substitute mango in the recipe.
The toast is topped with a coconut syrup which is made of maple syrup infused with toasted coconut, cloves, cinnamon and star anise.
If you start off the day with his Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt he says to take it all the way and make the coconut syrup as well. "When you're going to splurge, you should just go all the way, so if you're going to make this toast, then you might as well put the syrup on it. As real maple syrup is costly, he says you can purchase the imitation maple syrup, because the addition of the spices jazzes it up.
Coming up with his Coo Coo Soup, a riff on New England clam chowder also wasn't difficult. He added conch and goat pepper into a classic New England clam chowder recipe to give it a Bahamian flair.
"The conch does two things - conch is the Bahamian version of the oyster and one of the most powerful Bahamian aphrodisiacs, and I wanted that in there. The conch also has more chew to it, so people who like a bite will appreciate it."
That special heat that only goat pepper can give to a dish he says also comes through.
Since fresh clams aren't readily available, the chef says canned and even frozen clams will work well in this recipe.
"When I cook, I try to see where I can add Bahamian influence into what I'm preparing. When I thought about these flavors, I married them together in my mind and because just thinking about it got me so excited, I knew they would make sense when I put the dishes together. They exceeded my expectations."
A pairing of lemonade and mango rum is what makes up his Sexy Switcher. But he says to beware as the mango rum makes for a drink that sneaks up on you.
As chocolate never fails, to end the evening, he says a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries is a simple yet decadent end to make up for a ruined Valentine's Day.
 
COCONUT BAHAMIAN TOAST WITH DILLY YOGURT

Coconut batter
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp finely ground nutmeg
1 tbsp toasted coconut
1 tsp brown sugar
½ cup coconut milk
6 large eggs
Assembly
4 tbsp butter
8 slices Texas toast
Confectioners sugar, for dusting
Dilly Yogurt
1 medium ripe dilly, strawberries can be substituted
Yogurt, plain or vanilla
Coconut syrup
3 ozs grated, toasted coconut
7 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
8 ozs maple syrup
 
For coconut batter: In large bowl, combine all ingredients for the batter and mix well. Refrigerate until batter is needed.
For dilly yogurt: In food processor blend dilly until smooth. Place dilly in a medium bowl and fold in yogurt.
For coconut syrup: Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to steep 20 minutes or longer to develop flavors. Strain syrup and set aside.
In a large sauté pan, melt the butter until foamy. Dip the Texas toast into coconut batter and coat both sides thoroughly. Fry the toast for two to three minutes on each side or until it is golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan. Arrange on plates as desired and dust with confectioner's sugar.
 
 
COO COO SOUP

2 medium conch
2 tins canned clams
4 thick slices bacon, cut into small strips
1 large onion, cut into small dices
Kosher salt
1 ½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into ½ inch dices
3 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 bundle thyme
2 bay leaves
Goat pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil
 
Drain clams and reserve the liquid for later. Coarsely chop clams and set aside also. Tenderize the conch with a meat mallet and chop into small pieces.
Drizzle a few drops of oil into the bottom of the pot and toss in the bacon. Bring the pan to a medium heat. When the bacon has let off a lot of fat and become brown and crispy, toss in the conch and onions and season lightly with salt. Cook the onions until they are very soft and aromatic but have no color, seven to eight minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for another five minutes.
Sprinkle the flour over the yummy mixture and stir to combine. Gradually whisk in the reserved clam juice. When the clam juice has been whisked in and there are no lumps, whisk in the milk and heavy cream and toss in the bay leaves and thyme. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Toss in the reserved clams. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed and add goat pepper if using.
 
SEXY SWITCHER
Makes: 6 servings

2 quarts iced water
4 large limes, cut and squeezed
Sugar to taste
Mango rum (optional for sexy switcher - adults only)
Ice cubes

Pour lime juice into container with water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours. When chilled, pour into glasses with ice. Decorate with slices of lime.
Tip: Pour some of your switcher into ice trays and freeze them. This will allow you to enjoy the wonderful full flavor of your switcher without the ice diluting the taste.
 
CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

3 ounces semisweet  or white chocolate, chopped
1 pound strawberries with stems (about 10), washed and dried very well
 
Place the chocolate in a heatproof medium bowl. Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowl of chocolate over the water to melt. Gently stir until smooth.
Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet or baking pan with waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the wax paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.
Tip: You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave at half power, for one minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted

 

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July 29, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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