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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.
The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) represented almost 93 percent of Buckeye Partners' revenue from international operations in the first six months of this year.
According to the U.S. company's financial report, the Grand Bahama facility generated $93.3 million in revenue for the six months ending June 30. That compares with $90.3 million from the year before. Buckeye Partners, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, operates one of the largest independent refined petroleum products pipeline systems in the U.S. It has 100 active terminals with a storage capacity of more than 69 million barrels.
Buckeye holds a liquid petroleum product terminal in both Puerto Rico and Grand Bahama, although the latter represents the lion's share of its international operations.
This segment now has an aggregate storage capacity of 27.2 million barrels, or well over one-third of the company's total storage, after just completing BORCO's 1.1 million barrel expansion.
The report revealed a total capital expenditure of $185 million for Buckeye's international operations, with BORCO featuring prominently in this category.
In addition to the barrel storage expansion, this expenditure includes repairs to the damaged jetty at the BORCO facility as a result of a ship collision in May.
"We believe the recovery of the costs to repair the damaged jetty is probable," the report stated.
The adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) from international operations was $63.3 million for the first six months, the company reported, which is an increase of $6.1 million.
"The increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily related to a $1.6 million increase in storage fees, which includes a full period of operations for BORCO, $1.7 million of non-controlling interests income related to the remaining 20 percent in BORCO not acquired by us until February 16, 2011, and a $3 million net decrease in expenses primarily related to lower professional fees."
The report from Buckeye further underlines the Grand Bahama facility's key importance to the future of the company.
During a recent conference call with investors, top management at Buckeye revealed that BORCO's 4.7 million barrel expansion, expected to be completed next year, is 65 percent leased out.
Buckeye is anticipating rising demand for its services based on production coming online in Brazil and continuing demand for bulk cargos going to Asia.
The other side of the coin is the recently acquired Perth Amboy facility in New York Harbor, which the company purchased for $260 million. The acquisition included four million barrels of storage, four docks, and pipeline, rail and truck access.
It is expected to provide an essential conduit to its international operations in the Caribbean and beyond.
By CANDIA DAMES
Guardian News Editor
The government is unwilling to back down from its position that the plans for the$2.6 billion Baha Mar project at Cable Beach be adjusted in major ways, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday.
His strongest public comments to date on the controversial project came during a sitdown interview at the House of Assembly late yesterday afternoon.
Speaking of the financing being provided by the China Export-Import Bank, Ingraham said,"Attached to their funding are conditions that are onerous, burdensome and unacceptable insofar as the labor content is concerned and the government is therefore asking that some adjustment be made with res ...
Funeral service for Vincent Lorique Wilson, 75 yrs., a resident of Mason's Addition, who died on 21st Nov. 2011 will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Fr. Glen Nixon. Interment follows in Catholic Cemetery, Infant View Road.
Vincent is survived by his wife: Norlean Wilson; two sisters: Florett Hepburn of Miami, Florida, and Theresa Bruno of Washington, D.C.; one brother: Clunis Devaney; one sister-in-law: Naomi Devaney; one brother-in-law: Edward Hepburn; nieces: Joy Maria Ann Dixon-Ferguson, Brenda Marina Dixon-Price of Queens, New York, Lonnie Emmeline Dixon-Rolle of Eleuthera, Junnette Priscilla March-Radjpaul of Queens, New York, Catherine Joyce March-Butler; Jermaine Manley; Latanya Devaney; Yolande, Heather and Candice Bruno; and Lorraine Bethell; nephews: Robert Frederick Hall; Edward Jr., Gerard and Gary Hepburn; Tio, Stephen and; Webster, Peron, Dillon, Darius; Cedric A. Rolle, Sr. of Eleuthera and Norval Radjpaul of Queens, New York; grand-nephews and grand-nieces: Oswald Ferguson, Jr., Troy Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Rev. Terrence G. Morrison, Valentino Bethell, Cedric Rolle, Jr., Robert Terrell Hall, Tarvan Symonette, and Sean and Kevin Price of Queens, New York; Ava R. Bain, Tamika P. Symonette, Meisha M. Ferguson, Angelique K. Butler, Sophia Higgs and Chrystal Bethell; Mareen Ferguson, RoyAnne Morrison, Alana Bethell, Denice Rolle of Eleuthera and Elizabeth Symonette of Miami, Florida; Terrence Bain Sr. and Darron Higgs; great-grand nephews and great-grand nieces: Hugh and Travis Ferguson; Demetrius Ferguson of Miami, Florida; Cedric III and Cordero Rolle of Eleuthera; Christopher Price of Queens, New York; Tristen and Tyrese Higgs; Terrence Bain Jr.; 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 Grooms of Queens, New York; Teranne and Terroy Morrison; great-great-grand nephews and nieces: Tarvan Symonette Jr.; Vanlese Symonette, Darren Mackey Jr., Trevayne Pinder Jr.; Demicia Deveaux; and Lamond Davis; many cousins including: Beulah, Wilbur, Elsie and Veronica Smith of Mars Bay, Andros; Ashiel Smith of Freeport, Grand Bahama; Alvin, Lionel and Allan Smith of Miami, Florida; Edithmae Ferguson, Verlee Curtis; Jim Nixon of New York and family; Barbara Sweeting; Roger Nixon and family, Perky & Hugh O'Brien; Rhonda, Terry, Terria and Tyler Murray; Michael and Maria O'Brien and Marguerite Grant; Margaret Duncombe and family; Lorraine Rolle and family; and other relatives and friends including: Monsignor Preston A. Moss; Whitney Forbes; Jacqueline and Judy Toote, Helena Dean, Dawnette Mitchell & Shervone Burrows.
A special thanks to the Eucharist Ministers of St. Anselm's Catholic Parish; a special thanks also to the doctors and nurses of the Culmer's Ward at the Geriatrics Hospital who took exceptional care of Vincent. Thanks to the doctors and nurses of the Accident and Emergency and Male Medical II wards at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
LONDON, England - For the first time ever, The Bahamas can boast of a swimmer being in an Olympic final, and that is more than enough to celebrate at these 30th Olympic Games.
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace touched the wall in eighth place in the 50-meter (m) Free final on Saturday night, in 24.69 seconds, but said that she was pleased to be competing with the world's best on the world's biggest stage for sports.
"I went in there as good as I can be and I came eighth in the Olympic final - that's not something to frown about," she said. "I think that I over-thought the race a little too much and I should have just let it go but it is a learning experience - first time in an Olympic final, so I'm pretty happy with what just happened."
Vanderpool-Wallace was just five hundredths of a second off her national record setting time, which she swam in the semi-finals. She appeared to be slightly behind the field when the ladies got into their freestyle strokes, but the race was close throughout, and apart from gold medal winner, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands who set yet another Olympic record, no one really separated themselves. The second through eighth places were separated by a little over four tenths of a second.
"Overall, it was a good race," said Vanderpool-Wallace. "It was right there with my best time in the 50 Free. I think I did what I needed to do. The biggest thing I got from this was confidence that I can compete with these girls. I'm very confident going into the future," she added.
Vanderpool-Wallace had qualified for the final with the sixth fastest time, having swum her national record of 24.64 seconds in the semis. It was 15 hundredths of a second faster than her previous national record time, set at last year's Shanghai World Championships. She was seventh and 10th in the 50m and 100m Free at the FINA Worlds last year respectively, and finished eighth and 10th in those events at the Olympics this year.
Gold medalist from the 100m Free, Kromowidjojo, set her second consecutive Olympic record as she won the 50m Free, in 24.05 seconds. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, of Belarus, was second in 24.28 seconds, and Marleen Veldhuis, of the Netherlands, won the bronze medal in 24.39 seconds.
The only other swimmer from this side of the world, Jessica Hardy of the United States, finished seventh in that very fast final Saturday night, in 24.62 seconds.
As for Vanderpool-Wallace, it's been a four-year journey for her to get back to the Olympics. In Beijing as a teenager, she finished 24th and 28th in the 50 and 100m freestyle races overall, in times of 25.40 and 55.61 seconds respectively. She was significantly better, and is looking forward to even greater performances in the future.
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...
When Parliament reconvenes on January 23, the government will have only a limited time to fulfill the legislative promises it made to the Bahamian people more than a year and a half ago.
Despite passing more than 45 pieces of legislation since Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes read the Speech from The Throne, the government has to bring several more bills before it fulfills the agenda it set out in April 2010.
"We have a couple that we still want to do before the end of the term," said National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, who is leader of government business in the House of Assembly.
"The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which is on the agenda now, we hope to deal with that before the end of our term."
The bill was tabled in the House of Assembly in October, but debate has yet to begin.
While the FOIA would provide the framework to allow anyone to ask any public institution for information without giving reasons, the language determining what is "exempt" from the act is wide ranging and would allow public institutions the ability to withhold information in a variety of circumstances.
The government is also hoping to present the Disabilities Bill, which has been promised to people with disabilities since the 1990s.
Minister of State for Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner announced last month that the government intends to table the Disabilities Bill in Parliament within this term.
However, Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion Foulkes said he is unsure whether that promise will be fulfilled.
Foulkes told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that the final draft has been sent to Cabinet. He added that the government intends to post the draft legislation on the government's website so that the public can view it and make recommendations.
"We also hope to have a press conference shortly to notify the press about the salient points of the bill," he said.
Asked if he believes that the government will succeed in getting the bill to Parliament before the end of the term, Foulkes said he is not sure. He explained that there are many factors that will determine whether the bill is ready in time, including the expected public feedback.
Successive governments have promised to bring disabilities legislation to Parliament.
A draft of the bill that was being circulated last year would make it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in connection with education, employment and the provision of goods, facilities and services. It also proposed the establishment of a national disabilities rights commission.
IRONS IN THE FIRE
In the Speech from the Throne, the government also promised legislation to simplify and make more effective employment dispute adjudication and determination.
Similarly, the Land Adjudication Bill has been promised. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham mentioned that the legislation would be brought forward, however Turnquest said he is not sure whether that will happen during this term.
"There are too many dissenting views on it. So I can't guarantee that we would do it. We'd like to but we're not sure that we would be able to finish that one," Turnquest said.
Despite several outstanding bills, Turnquest said the government is satisfied with its progress this year.
"I think we are doing a very good job in terms of legislation," he added.
Another key piece of legislation promised by the government that has not yet been brought is a bill to modernize the public service.
In the last year, the government has made good progress in bringing to Parliament other pieces of legislation that were also promised.
Most recently Parliament passed the Penal Code Bill, Criminal Procedure Code Bill, Bail Act Amendment Bill, Magistrates Court Bill, Road Traffic Bill, and Parliament Elections Bill.
"We have a couple and there are a number of other bills in various draft forms and approvals processes. We have a lot of irons in the fire that we may be able to do before the election, or if God willing and if the people return us we will do immediately when we come back," Turnquest said.
"There are a number of bills that have gone through the consultation process and the various drafting forms and approval processes that have not be yet been tabled in Parliament that may or may not move forward. That will depend on how ready they are between now and the end of the year."
The general election has to be held on or before May 2012. Some political observers believe that it will be called before that date. But as Prime Minister Ingraham indicated earlier this year, no one knows the date of election but him.
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.
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
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
Palmetto Point, Eleuthera school,
on April 12, 2011...
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
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.
The Government's proposed land reforms and Exuma's current economic state will be key topics at next Wednesday's fifth annual Exuma Business Outlook Conference, scheduled to be held at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort.
Sharlyn Smith, attorney-at-law, will be speaking on legislation recently tabled in Parliament relating to land ownership and conveyancing.
Mrs Smith will discuss the intended process as set out in the Bills, highlighting areas that may be of particular concern to persons in the Family Islands.
"In particular, I will address the Land Adjudication Bill 2010 and the Registered Land Bill 2010," Mrs Smith explained.
"The Land Adjudication Bi ...
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.
The sentencing of convicted child rapist and accused robber Andrew Bridgewater will be further delayed.
Supreme Court Senior Justice Jon Isaacs directed that Bridgewater, 38, appear before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans today so that she could complete his case.
However, The Nassau Guardian can reveal that the magistrate is on circuit in Long Island so the matter will have to be adjourned.
Bridgewater pleaded guilty to robbing Patrice Butler of her handbag and personal items valued at $100, when he appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans for an arraignment on November 25, 2011.
However, she declined to sentence Bridgewater at that time because she felt he deserved more than her five-year sentencing cap, owing to his extensive criminal history.
Bridgewater appeared before Isaacs for the sentencing hearing Monday. However, the judge noted that the transcripts of the proceedings revealed that Vogt-Evans did not conform with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) because she did not accept his guilty plea and move to a conviction.
As a result, Isaacs directed that Bridgewater appear before the magistrate today so that she could follow the provisions of the CPC.
Bridgewater remains on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.
This was the second adjournment for the sentencing hearing. Isaacs put off sentencing because transcripts of the case were not available.
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...
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.
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.
Rate reductions for mobile services could come as early as July as Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) begins to roll out some of its plans for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, BTC CEO Geoff Houston announced yesterday.
The rate reductions depend on approval from the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA).
"We're expecting to see the first big change in our mobile rates in July," said Houston at a press conference at BTC's John F. Kennedy Drive headquarters.
"I would like to tell you what they are today but unfortunately we have yet to get final approval from URCA. But suffice it to say we are really excited that we will start to really bring down the cost of mobile calls in The Bahamas very, very soon."
BTC's vice president of marketing Marlon Johnson noted that the approval process takes about a month for rate reduction applications.
"So starting at the end of June, you'll start to see us roll out promotions for rate adjustments," he said.
When asked how the rate reduction would affect overall customer bills, Johnson declined to answer, saying that it would prejudice the approval process.
However, it was previously announced that CWC would among other things reduce cell phone rates by 36 percent within three years.
Asked why BTC had not sought to reduce rates previously, Johnson said one of BTC's mandates was to maintain its profitability.
BTC is also in the process of making several other improvements, officials announced.
Houston said BTC is making adjustments to improve the quality of its network until such time as a new network can be introduced.
He said the current network does not have the capacity to become a "world class performing network."
"So we're hoping to plug a few holes in terms of dropped calls and call quality," Houston said.
He added that BTC also intends to fix the billing system, which over the past few years has been extremely challenged.
"We've set a very ambitious work plan to fix the billing system," Houston said. "I think that was probably the top of mind for a lot of the people and we've made some good progress there.
"We're confident that we'll have that fixed by the end of the summer. It's a big challenge but we've got a full team focused on it."
He said customer service has also been a "big challenge" for the company.
"We know that we have a lot of work ahead to position ourselves as a great service organization," Houston said.
He said BTC is also working on eliminating the bureaucracy in the company.
"So that's going to be another big thing."
As it relates to the voluntary separation packages, Houston said all employees have received their offers and have been given a month to decide.
He would not divulge how many people have already accepted the packages or how much money was set aside for the exercise.
Houston said one of the biggest concerns with the separation packages is that too many people may apply to leave BTC.
"It gives us a lot of sleepless nights. We have the right of last refusal but I think the big risk is we get too many people from one area coming forward," he said. "That places the business at risk. We really just need to deal with them on a case by case basis."
In the coming months, BTC will introduce a larger variety of smart phones and will launch its new flagship store in the Mall at Marathon before the end of the year, Houston said.
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.
By Alesha Cadet
Tribune Features Reporter
PROMOTERS of the highly-anticipated Night of Love concert started the excitement a bit earlier with a Night Of Love pre-party which was held at Club Luna, West Bay Street.
The event featured the likes of international artist Waggy Tee, who entertained the pre-night of lovers.
There were also guest appearances by Selector Chronic, TG Movements, Supper Mario Entertainment and Nassau's hottest DJs Selector Ty, DJ Hype, Gully and Baby Face.
This fine music line-up kept the night moving with a tasteful selection of music. Even after a drizzle of rain, guests continued to party until the sun was near.
With the big night next on the schedule, th ...