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Funeral Service for James 'Ricky Purse' Frazer Jr., a resident of Cockburn Close off Bernard Road, will be held on Saturday, 11th June, 2011, at 11 am, at Our Lady Of The Holy Souls Catholic Church, Deveaux Street. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Alain Laverne, interment will follow in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Ricky Purse's memories will forever linger in the hearts of His Father, Anthony Frazer; Mother: Retired Nurse Delcina Frazer, Children, James Jr., Jasmine & Jermaine Frazer, Grandchildren, Kanye Jehoshua Kemp "Joshy" & Jada Claudine Frazer, Wife of 22 years and friend after, Crown Sergeant Claudia Frazer, of H.M. Prison, Brothers, Robert Frazer, Cpl. Peter Frazer of Exuma, & Ernest Frazer of West Haven C.T. (Robbie, Bennie & Frenchie); Adopted brothers, Hermis Ferguson, Michael Laing, Allan Strachan, Anthony Richardson, Clayton Miller & Christopher Miller, (H, Pastry, Big Allan, Cracker, Smiley and Lil Chris). Sisters, Gretta Gibson, & Maxine Frazer, Adopted sister, Tafficka Brown, Aunts, Nathalie, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Sister, ClareRolle, Cleora, Cynthia, Jane, Clothilda, Sandra, Myrna, Lillian, Vanria, Uncles, Richard Ambrister, Charles Johnson, Vernal & Patrick Rolle, Philip Gaitor, Nelson Lord, Charles Johnson, William Griffin Sr., & Christopher Miller Sr., of Great Harbour Cay, Grand Aunts, Marie Carey & Corine Adderley, Grand Uncle, Ezekiel Cash of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Grand Nieces & Nephews, Asalll, Delecia, Deshanda, Renae, Renaldo Jr., Montel, Lakayla, Sebreonna, Alicia, Crenshaw & Robert 111, Mother-in-law, Firstena Hepburn, Brothers-in-law, Carlos Gibsor:), Eric, William, Charles, George & Michael Hepburn, Sisters-in-law, Veronica, Gaille of West Haven C.T., & Betty Frazer, Margaret McKay, Leonie Buchanan, Brenda Francis Michelle & Cheryl Hepburn, Nieces, Chaurina Lawson of Miami, Monalisa, Alexandria, Rose, Ebony, Tankia, Robinique, Natalia, Alison, Britshe, Aliczia, Carrington Dwainelle, Azariah, Angelique, Erica, Ericiea, Alexis, Colleen, Heather, Melissa, Andrea, Audrey, Nephews, Robert Jr., Asa Jr., Rashard, Renaldo, Antonio, Jason, AbleSeanman Mckello, Rhmad, Dwainard, Lexton Obama, William, Everette, Omar, John, Devonne, Dedrick, Charles Jr., Kevin & Tavarei, Godfather, Leon Griffin, Godchildren, Garrard Williams & Sundae Ferguson, Numerous Cousins, Kimberley Butterfield, Leon, William Jr., Steven, Barry, Andrew, Minerva, Elizabeth, Fredricka, Pamela, Valentino, Taria, Dewitt, Dwight, Donell, Dereck, Clayton Miller, Jermaine, Sean, Corey, Phillip Jr., Devon, Nicola, Crystal, Precious, Latoya, Chartes Jr., Christopher Jr., Demetricia, Ann, Wendy, Glemous, Kathy, Pasha, Amanda, Stephanie, Andrea, Adwina, Shelly, Marco, Toney & Phillip, Felix, Willard, Chris, Father Anselm Russell O.S.B., Hubert, Terrence, Arlington, Rosemund, Millie, Ruth, Violet, Doral, Ena & Jenarosa & Jackie of Lower Bogue, Deloris, Cassie, Cassandra, Madelyn, Madeline, Stephen, Kendal, Lisa Rolle, Roy Colebroke Jr., Godbrothers, Other Relatives & friends, to0 numerous to mention but including, Barry & Andrew. Griffin, Sam Dean, Clifford Cartwright, Alfred Stubbs, Grace of Miramar FI., ' O'Neil Stubbs, Glen Williams, Mr. Rodney Moncur, Mr. Frank Cooper, Larry & Betty, Ralph, Kennie, Big Ethel, Bones Joe Boy, Dave Thurston, Eddie, Jeff Thompson, Blaze Rolle, Mr. Clifford Stubbs & family, Shirley Brown & family, Sarah Jennings & family, The Stubbs, Colebrooke, Gordon, Williams, Burrows, Pauls, Browns, Moncurs, Hepburn, Knowles; Major, Taylor, Rolle, Campbell, Richardson Family, and the entire Black Village Community, Mrs. Betsy Duvalier, Mr. Pratt and the entire staff of Security Department and the entire staff of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Gussy and the comer boys in Fox Hill, Cockbum Close Community, Ms. Alverne King & Mr. Steve Barr, The C.C. Sweeting Class of 1980, Sherryann Heild of West End Grand Bahama, The Staff of H.M. Prison, The Staff of Airport Authority Crash and Rescue Fire Department, Dr. Bonamy and her team, also the Nurses and Staff on Male Medical 2 at P.M.H.
Relatives and friends may pay there last respects at Riverside Funeral Chapel, Market Street and Bimini Avenue on Friday from 10 am until 6 pm and at the Church on Saturday from 10 am until service time.
THE Baptist Sports Council (BSC) concluded its 2010 Rev Dr Anthony Carroll All-Star Classic Thursday night at the Banker's Field with the executives and officials holding onto bragging rights over the managers and coaches.
Managed by treasurer Olympia Evans, the executives routed the managers, managed by Cara Knowles, 24-4 as the combo of Stephen 'Bishop' Beneby, Gay Knowles and Ken Wood got the job done on the mound.
Wood was joined by Cleo Symonette, Jonique Webb, Rev Dr Anthony Carroll, Brent Stubbs, Robin Shepherd and Jason Saunders on the offensive end, while Rev Harrison Thompson, Sherman Ferguson, Saunders and Stubbs came through with some clutch defensive plays.
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NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Sandals Foundation donated some much-needed supplies to D.W. Davis Jr High School's Family and Consumer Sciences Department, just in time for the students to prepare for the practical side of their Bahamas Junior Certificate exams (BJC).
Sandals Royal Bahamian's Executive Sous Chef Seanette Cooper presented the Sandals Foundation's donation which included aprons, vegetable peelers, spices, table cloths and much more. D.W. Davis Vice- Principal Sterling McPhee said that the school was very grateful for the donation.
"This is a very timely gift because the children just started their BJC Exams on Monday so we are very excited that the Sandals Foundation was able to offer the assistance that they did today," Mr. McPhee said.
Photo: (Left to Right) Head of D.W. Davis' Home Economics Department Patricia McSweeny, D.W. Davis' Home Economics Teacher Terishka Cleare , Sandals Royal Bahamian's Executive Sous Chef Seanette Cooper, D.W. Davis' Home Economics Teacher Keisha Bonimy, D.W. Davis' Vice Principal Sterling McPhee, D.W. Davis' Home Economics Teacher Keneisha Dillian Thompson.
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.
Through music it was the goal of the police to inspire school students to improve academically and learn about conflict resolution, with the formation of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Combined Youth Band two years ago, but in that short period, the group has already made a lasting impact on the lives of the 80-plus student members. It has since grown to be a lifelong learning ground and even a second family to many of the young people.
For students like 15-year-old Devante Rolle, prior to joining the band finding something constructive to do with his time was something he struggled with. The band was a lifesaver for the Government High School student. He was so disinterested in things around him that his grades were well below average and he couldn't care less about his academic pitfalls. All of that changed in a matter of weeks after he joined the RBPF combined band over a year ago. The moment he started to learn about music from the police officers and took what they were teaching him seriously, he said he felt something change in him.
"Before I joined the band I was pretty down. My grades were not good. I think I may have had a 1.00 grade point average... and I didn't care enough to want to do any better. But when I joined the band and started to play the instruments I just felt so good about myself."
He felt even better when he learned different instruments and the younger members looked to him for help. He said their turning to him for advice made him happy.
Rolle also learned life lessons from the strict regimen and band practice sessions which he was able to apply to his life. He now proudly boasts of a 2.5 grade point average. His change in attitude also brought him the honor of being named a prefect.
Discipline and responsibility are the key things that 14-year-old Nathan McPhee is learning from being a part of the combined band. One of the original members, McPhee, a student at St. John's College said he has seen his ability to respect others and lead strengthened.
The dedication and patience he had to learn in order to play his instrument overflowed into his school work and he is now is scoring a 79.5 out of 100 percent average in his classes. A fundamental lesson he learns weekly with the band is how to be a better person and not give in to violence or anger, no matter his emotional state. This is something he hopes other young people can be a part of as well.
Band newcomer Ashton Archer, 13, who joined four months ago, said he has already seen the positive impact it is having on his life. The H.O. Nash student said it allows him to interact with students from other schools and form relationships despite them all coming from different walks of life.
The seventh grade student said he is keeping his grades up in order to stay in the band and even aspires to be a police officer one day because of the band's influence.
"I like that the band is organized and I meet new people. I am really learning to be respectful and disciplined as well. It's helping me to do well in school and I definitely would encourage other students to be a part of the band, because it's a lot of fun and you get to really learn about playing music. It's really a great after-school program to be a part of," said Archer.
The combined youth band is open to young people between the ages of seven and 17 from throughout The Bahamas.
The band's primary purpose is crime prevention, and the instructors are committed to achieving the program's objectives which entails teaching music, instilling discipline, conflict resolution, respect for authority and property, community service and effective communication, as well as motivating members to pursue academic excellence.
Band leaders include band director Sergeant Theodore Campbell; deputy director Sergeant Dwight Rolle; drill master and disciplinarian PC 3079 Loran Bailey, who is leader of the percussion line; assistant conductor PC 3403 Anthony Capron, who is in charge of the woodwind section; Kendia Barr, band coordinator and Lynn Munnings, president of the parent association.
"Prior to the establishment of the combined band we had different community police youth bands and we still do, but the combined band is different," said Sergeant Campbell. "It is something of prestige that the average community police band member can now aspire to joining. We are having great success thus far and I am really happy with the way things are going."
But things were not always smooth sailing. He said police officers had a task getting the young people to get accustomed to each other and that there was a lot of turmoil for the first two weeks of the summer program. He said by the end of the third week something beautiful happened and that they all became a family.
"The kind of comradery the kids had was unbelievable. We decided we didn't want to just send them back out to their community bands or their perspective homes, so it was decided that the band would be a long-term thing and we would continue to cater to all the communities' top members."
Band members have weekly practices with their community bands and meet up once a week at the police band room on Thompson Boulevard next to the Police College for practice.
Because they meet once per week, Sergeant Campbell said the sessions are intense and they really push students to reach their potential in music, as well as learn about peacefully dealing with everyday emotions effectively.
Besides learning about anger management and conflict resolutions, the band practices also serve as an impetus for the students to excel academically. Members can get help with subjects like Mathematics and English. Their goal is to have every band member with at least a 2.5 GPA. While many of the students are excelling and others are showing steady progress, the few that are not are still encouraged within the band. The band director does not make them leave. He instead rewards those doing well with privileges and recognition which usually urges the more lax students to buckle up so they can be recognized the next time around.
Since the band's inception proper music etiquette and skill has been taught extensively which has resulted in 33 band members being offered music scholarships at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Sergeant Campbell said so far, four of their members have been able to take up the scholarship offer and sought post-secondary education.
Other members are sitting Royal School music theory examinations . In February they had 16 members sitting the exam. The results showed five passed with distinctions, eight with merits and three with passes.
"This alone is saying to us that the students are doing really well and grasping what they are learning in a relatable way," said the band director. "This is only the beginning and we are proud of the strides they are taking."
And they're not just practicing and sitting examinations, the band has been able to put on display what they've learned at a number of events, including the official visit of Prince Harry, the Independence Cultural Festival, The Battle of the Bands, Junkanoo Summer Festival, Union Village Festival, Band Encounter and the National Youth March.
Sergeant Campbell said through the band, their goal is to always expose the young people to positive things so they can see what they are worth and not be tempted to get into problems. He hopes their continued good work and national performances will show them they have potential and that they should keep on trying.
"The band is not the end all for the kids. We want to be a helping hand and show them the way. But for some this is what they love so we don't just let them go at 17 if they don't want to leave. We can then send them over to the Police Cadet program which will prepare them for joining the Police Force Band, Defence Force Band or even the Prison band one day," said Sergeant Campbell. "We want to inspire them no matter what to pursue dreams and stay out of trouble. Keep positivity in their minds and see music as a discipline that will benefit them later in life. They are doing well so far and we can't wait to see the positive and productive citizens that will be formed from this program in time."
Former Prime Minister and member of Parliament-elect for the constituency of North Abaco Hubert A. Ingraham told his constituents that he will be stepping down as their representative on July 19. It was on that day 35 years ago that a 29-year-old attorney was first elected that area's member of Parliament. He would win eight consecutive elections in that area.
In 1977 Ingraham received 892 votes, or 69 percent, of the votes cast. There were 1,292 voters who cast their ballots on that day. In the May 7 general election, 4,130 constituents voted. Ingraham only received 2,235 votes, or 54 percent of the votes. After all the former prime minister did for that area, a staggering 46 percent of the voters were firmly against Ingraham winning that contest against an unknown candidate, Renardo Curry.
Obviously, Ingraham's base in that area has eroded over the years. Moreover, his political opponents pumped a lot of money into their campaign in an effort to humiliate the former prime minister at the polls in North Abaco. They were hoping for a major upset. The constituency of Cooper's Town was an impoverished, backward area when Ingraham first became its MP. Today, it is one of the more economically vibrant constituencies in The Bahamas. I cannot understand why the 1,895 residents who supported the two opposing candidates would want to deny the former prime minister another term in office.
On the night of May 7, a teary-eyed Ingraham conceded defeat at his party's headquarters on Mackey Street after it became clear that the governing party had been crushed at the polls. This would be the second election loss that the former prime minister had suffered in two years. His candidate, Dr. Duane Sands, lost his by-election contest in 2010. Perhaps that election defeat should have portended doom to the then Ingraham administration. The night of May 7 was first time I had ever seen Ingraham near tears. I had become so accustomed to seeing him win elections. But this was not to be this time around. His political opponents worked feverishly in portraying him as an intolerable tyrant to the youth of this nation. It was this voting bloc that did Ingraham in at the polls. These young people cannot appreciate what Ingraham has done for this country. The overwhelming majority of them don't read, so they know nothing about the reputation of The Bahamas being in tatters when Ingraham first became prime minister in 1992.
August 19, 1992 was the day that Ingraham and the Free National Movement (FNM) defeated Sir Lynden O. Pindling and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). The PLP was the government of The Bahamas for 25 consecutive years. It wasn't easy to defeat the PLP, which for many years has been considered the party of the small man and the black masses. Sir Lynden was called the Black Moses, who led the country to majority rule in 1967 and to independence in 1973.
Many Bahamians, including myself, just could not envisage Sir Lynden not being prime minister. He ruled this country with an iron fist. In fact, this alleged dictatorial tendency of the late father of the nation led eight PLP members of Parliament to abandon the party in the early 1970s. These political dissidents, Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, Arthur Foulkes, Warren J. Levarity, James Shepherd, Curtis McMillan, George Thompson, Elwood Donaldson and Maurice Moore, called themselves the Free-PLP party. They later formed a political party and called it the Free National Movement. The FNM was led by Wallace-Whitfield, who at one time was the minister of education in Sir Lynden's young government. The United Bahamian Party (UBP) also joined forces with the newly-formed opposition party.
History has proven that the move by the so-called Dissident Eight was a good one. Imagine not having a viable option to the PLP? The Bahamas would have never matured politically without the formation of the FNM. Granted, The Bahamas had several political parties during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
It was no secret that Sir Lynden had no intention of ever stepping down. Even when he was encouraged to relinquish his post as prime minister after the commission of inquiry of the mid-1980s, Sir Lynden dug in his heels and remained in his post. Sir Lynden and his PLP were so entrenched in this nation as the government that even after the shocking revelations of corruption in the 1984 commission of inquiry, the party still was able to hold on to the government in the 1987 general election.
Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie both won as independent candidates in 1987. Both Ingraham and Christie were kicked out of the Cabinet for protesting the rampant corruption within the party. Instead of being applauded for their courageous stand by Pindling, they were both fired. Subsequently, Ingraham was expelled from the PLP. Ingraham had served as minister of housing, national insurance and social services in Pindling's Cabinet. He was also chairman of The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation. In 1976, he was elected national chairman of the ruling PLP government.
I have heard several former prominent FNMs stating on numerous occasions that had Sir Cecil been alive to lead the FNM in the 1992 election, the party would have still won. Perhaps they are right, but we will never know. Providence had other plans for this nation. Besides, if there was ever a time for the then FNM Leader Sir Kendall Isaacs and his deputy Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield to defeat the PLP, it was in 1987. There was simply no way the PLP should have carried that election. In my humble opinion, the two FNM leaders of the 1980s were not as charismatic and energetic as Ingraham. Had Ingraham been the leader of the FNM in 1987, the PLP would have been defeated.
After the 1987 election, Sir Kendal stepped down as leader of the FNM. Sir Cecil once again became the leader of the opposition. However, Sir Cecil became gravely ill with cancer. He died in May 1990.
Ingraham became the new leader of the FNM following Sir Cecil's untimely death. He had joined the party in April of that year. Ingraham was successful in leading the FNM to victory in the Marco City by-election which was held in June of 1990. Ingraham also led the FNM to a stunning victory in the historic August 19,1992 general election, as was mentioned already.
I was amazed at Ingraham's boldness and charisma during the period leading up to the 1992 election. He was not afraid to challenge Sir Lynden. Back then I didn't know that we had people in this country who weren't afraid of the then prime minister. The FNM's victory in 1992 changed the course of Bahamian history.
In my humble opinion, the following decade, 1992 to 2002, was the greatest in this nation's history. It was without precedent. Ingraham was able to attract hotel mogul Sol Kerzner to this country. Kerzner built a first-class resort on Paradise Island, Atlantis. This new resort has transformed The Bahamas' tourism sector, which was dying in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. In fact, when the FNM became the new government in 1992, the unemployment rate was through the roof. Today, Atlantis is this nation's largest private employer. Ingraham also privatized government-owned hotels.
These failing hotels were a burden on the treasury. Ingraham also ended the government's broadcast monopoly. He opened up the airwaves. Now Bahamians can listen to other radio stations, instead of just ZNS Radio. He also brought cable television to New Providence and to several other Family Islands.
For years, the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas was the unofficial organ of Sir Lynden and the PLP. No one would have dared to criticize Sir Lynden on ZNS TV13 and Radio. Anyone brazen enough to do this would have been either fired from their job or disenfranchised by Sir Lynden's loyal supporters. Ingraham brought about sweeping changes to broadcasting. He has also deepened democracy in this country.
It is truly ironic, though, that the man who is responsible for deepening democracy in this country is labeled "The Dictator" and a tyrant by the PLP and his other detractors. Anyone could have gone on any radio talk show and lambaste Ingraham when he was prime minister and not suffered any political repercussions. I have even seen Ingraham's critics on ZNS TV13 lambasting him on many occasions. This country has matured politically under Ingraham's leadership. The FNM under Ingraham had made a solemn oath to do away with political victimization, which had allegedly become so common in Sir Lynden's government. Ingraham has also cleaned up the image of this country, which had been greatly tarnished by the PLP administration in the 1970s and 1980s. He restored the international community's confidence and trust in The Bahamas. That is why the Christie administration was able to attract several major investments between 2002 and 2007.
Ingraham also introduced local government to the Family Islands. Additionally, Ingraham was able to attract several major investments to Grand Bahama during his first decade as prime minister: Polymers International Ltd., the Freeport Container Port, Bradford Marine and the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Ingraham brought about a major economic boom in Grand Bahama and New Providence during the 1990s.
Ingraham had his share of challenges during his final term in office, owing to the Great Recession, along with high unemployment throughout The Bahamas; the grossly mismanaged New Providence Road Improvement Project; the sale of 51 percent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications; the downsizing at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas; the unrest at customs and immigration; and the crime crisis in New Providence.
There was the lingering possibility that the "Delivery Boy", as Sir Lynden labeled him in the early 1990s, might very well lose his first election as leader of the FNM because of the myriad of problems facing the nation. The possibility became a reality on the night of May 7.
Yet, despite all that has happened in his final term as prime minister, I believe that when future generations look back at this nation's first 38 years of independence, they will say that Hubert A.Ingraham was the greatest prime minister of The Bahamas. Many Bahamians seem to have forgotten what this nation was like before Ingraham became prime minister in 1992. All of a sudden we have conveniently forgotten the deplorable depths this nation had descended to in the 1970s and 1980s. I for one refuse to play the role of an amnesiac.
I would like to thank Ingraham for all he has done for this country. Informed Bahamians will forever be greatly indebted to him.
- Kevin Evans
Rashad Rolle, the eight grader who survived after being shot in the head two months ago, was dubbed a "miracle child"?yesterday when he visited his T.A. Thompson Junior High School.
Rolle thanked his classmates and friends when he addressed the school at a Thanksgiving assembly during his first public speech since the shooting in September.
He also thanked his nurses and doctors for taking care of him through his recovery period.
Rolle's slightly slurred speech was the only evidence of the traumatic event. He was hit by what police believe was a stray bullet while he was on the corner of Blue Hill and John Road on September 13.
Rolle's Surgeon, Dr. Magnus Ekedede, who als ...
Funeral Service for the late Ruth Naomi Roberts age 54 years of Johnson Road will be held on Friday May 18h, 2012 at 11:00am at St. Anne's Anglican Church, Fox Hill Road. Officiating will be Rev. Father Hugh Bartlett. Interment will follow in St. Anne's Church Cemetery, Fox Hill Road.
Left to cherish her memories are her loving mother: Joycelyn A. M. Roberts; two sons: Calvin and Rico Roberts; one grandson: Rico Roberts Jr.; six sisters: Dorothy Harvey of Wellington, Florida, Harriet and Victoria Roberts, Laverne Nixon, Sonia and Marion Ramsey; nine brothers: James Miller Sr., Percy Sawyer, Jefford, Ronald and Matthew Roberts, Roy, Charlie, Livingston and Keno Ramsey; seventeen nieces including: Lolanda Mackey, Patricia Graham-Taylor, Sabrina Graham, Patrice Sawyer, Rhyan, Rheyd, Tanae and Heziah Roberts and Alexandria; seventeen nephews including: James Miller Jr., Raymond, Percy Jr., Jemaine, Prescott, Jasin, Jefford Jr., Matthew Jr., Valentino, Antonio and Tyrique; numerous grand nephews; aunts: Dorothy Thompson of Florida, Mary Meadows, Deaconess Janet Darling, Eva Luxim Adderley, Etoy Wright, Crimson Fabian. Bernadette Johnson and Florence Ramsey; uncles: Anthony, Othniel and Fredrick Saunders, Jonathan Roberts, Paul and Freddie Ramsey, Leo Johnson; sisters-in-law: Zerlina Sawyer, Elizabeth and Michelle Roberts; brother-in-law: Hosea Harvey Jr. of Wellington, Florida; other relatives and friends including: Adrian Taylor Sr., the Johnson's, the Marshall's, the Munroe's, the Saunders's, the Ramsey's, the Nesbitt's and King's Families, Carolyn Young-Miller, Sharon Roberts, Kayla, Jo-Ann, Ms. Andrews, Kay, Miriam, Constance, Rebecca, Kissie, Ann, Marva, Cardo, Peter, Clarence, Joy, Ms. Hanna, Altemise, Cynthia, Lormae, Ms. Clarke, Ms. Maycock, Eva Ferguson and Family, Naomi, Paula, Natalie, Marva, Agusta Hepburn, the Straw Vendors, Dunkirk, the Greaves Family, Road, Johnson Road, Fox Hill and St. Anne's Anglican Church Families.
Viewing will be held in the Irenic Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Thursday (TODAY) from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 9:30am until service time.
Funeral Service for the late Mother Berenus Loretta Cargill affectionately called "Titta and T.D" age 76 years of Mastic Point, Andros will be held on Sunday May 20th, 2012 at 10:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros. Officiating will be Bishop Philemon Wilson D.D. J.P. assisted by Bishop John Humes, Bishop Lewis Adderley, Elder Breacham Brennen and other ministers. Interment will follow in South Mastic Point Cemetery, Mastic Point, Andros.
Cherished memories will forever and always linger in the hearts of those she left behind, namely her devoted husband: Pastor Prince Cargill; daughter: Evang. Valderine Burrows; sons: Tommy, Danny, Pastor Lynden Cargill and Pastor Manix Cargill; Son-in-law: Wilfred Burrows; Daughter-in-law: Min. Bernadette Cargill; Adopted daughters: Vernamae Knowles; Phyllis Bain; Lavern Moxey; Cathy Martin; Helen Smith; Gwen Penigan; Loretta Farrington, Marie Adderley; Adopted Sons: Bishop Mark Knowles; Lorenzo Harris, Steve Hanna; Grand children: Sinatra, Lenthius, Valdez, Cordero, Laval, Lenora and Amanda Burrows, Cornelius and Carrington Thompson, Nickoya, Torry, Toran, Lynden Jr., Tameiko, and Jeremiah Cargill; Great grand children: Jada Burrows, Kyle Thompson; Sisters: Idell Reckley, Marionetta Smith, Doretta Jackson (California), and Ruthmae Francis; Brothers: Cardinal, Jonathan, Charlie and Bradley Fowler; Sister-in- laws: Karen, Linda, Bridgette, Beulahmae Fowler, Julia Hanna, Perlene Russell, Catherine Minnus, Gina Newton, Esther Cargill; Brother-in-laws: Edwin Francis, John Cargill; Aunt: Maria Martin; Numerous nieces and nephews including Derek Oliver, Angela Bowen, Dennis Smith, Meredith Miller, Lisa Bonaby, Vander Williams, Bridgette Beneby, Leading Seaman Dwayne McGregor, Edwin Jr. Stacy , Odesa Francis, Robertha Stuart, Paula Josey, Diann, Stacy Hanna, Michelle McGregor, Nadia and Marlin Turner, Sharmaine Evans, Darilyn Grant, Mevatta Cox, Carla, Lashanta and Berkley Fowler, Sophia Russell, Samantha Smith, Delareese Smith-Styles; Other relatives and friends including: Althea Sands, Isolene Rolle, Vernita Russell and family, Edgburt Tinker, Melsine Dorsett and family, Mary Rolle and family, Leanza Hanna, Ivy Ferguson and family, Diana Beneby and family, Ellen Bowleg and family, Pastor Max Roberts and family, Bishop Lewis Adderley and family, Pastor Samuel Fowler and family, Pastor Carl Oliver and family, Pastor Reginald Ferguson and family, Pastor Phillip Campbell and family, Carlton Bowleg and family, Lenard Newton and family, Agatha Cleare and family, Bertha Burrows and family, Uris Dames and family, Sis. Bodie and family, Ms. Turnquest and family, Micheal Finley and family, the Bodie family, Dorrell Higgs and family, Basil Martin and family, Deacon Alvin Burrows and family, Pastor Catherine Burrows and the Outreach Evangelic Church family, Pastor Romer and Ebenezar Church family, Roselda Woodside and family, Pastor Harold Mackey and family, Ms. McDonald and family, Derek & Iguline Oliver and family, Maude Romer and family, Mavis Gaitor and family, Pastor George Colebrooke and family, Deliverance Tabernacle family, the Prayer Band family, the Church of God family, the Colebrooke family, Bowleg family, Dr. Philip Campbell and family, Joyce Fowler and family, Bishop Charles Dean and family, Pastor Dorinda Dean and M.R.I Church family, Pearlene Simmons and family, the Ministry of Works family and many more too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held in the Halcyon Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads, on Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and again on Friday at Small Hope Church of God, Central Andros from 6:00pm to 12:00am, Saturday at Mastic Point Church of God, North Andros from 12noon to 12:00am and Sunday at 8:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros until service time.
Despite suggestions in some circles that the new Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration is practicing victimization, Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson assured yesterday that the PLP is "not about that".
Former host of the ZNS program 'Immediate Response', Christina "Chrissy Love" Thompson, claimed this week she was victimized after the Broadcasting Corporation ended her contract.
Former Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM) Johnley Ferguson said he was fired from his post at the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government 10 months before his contract was due to expire.
Gibson said neither of those cases classified as victimization.
"Johnly Ferguson was a frontline politician I believe and my understanding from the information I have was he got his position because of politics," said Gibson, who is minister responsible for the public service.
"It wasn't that they (the previous administration) needed a consultant. My understanding is that they needed to find something for him to do, and they gave him something to do.
"In accordance with his contract, [it] was terminated. My understanding is that he should have actually resigned after the election like other political appointees, which he didn't do."
In reference to Thompson, Gibson said that when the FNM became the government in 2007, the Ingraham administration canceled the contracts of former 'Immediate Response' host Steve McKinney and 'Drive Time' host Philipa 'Lady Russell'.
"If you don't agree with the terms and conditions of a contract, then don't sign it," he said.
"I signed a contract with the Bahamian people for five years and if they decide to vote me out, I should not be complaining and making people believe I am the only person capable of running the country," he said. "Whichever agreement I sign I have to be willing to live and abide by that agreement at the end of the day."
The labor minister said what happened to Ferguson was unfortunate as he was a "good person" but noted that he agreed to the terms of his contract when he signed it.
Gibson also said he was not aware of any other contracts being terminated or any instances of victimization since the PLP took office.
In a recent statement, the FNM accused the PLP of "returning to its old ways" and displaying that it "neither cares for nor believes in Bahamians".
Dr. Bernard Nottage, whose portfolio includes the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, said he was not aware of there being any act of victimization to date, adding that if any complaints reached his office he would investigate them.
"We are not in the business of victimization," he said.
"I am not in the business of victimization and no one has complained to me, thus far, of victimization; not Ms. Thompson or anyone else."