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Copper Thieves Interrupt Phone Service
January 06, 2013
Copper Thieves Interrupt Phone Service

Copper Thieves Interrupt Phone Service - Further Appeal to Help Stop Copper Thieves

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is appealing to the general public to do their part in maintaining their land and cell phone service by helping stop the copper thefts at BTC sites.
BTC’s Grand Bahama Manager, Michael Laing said that thieves are targeting the BTC outdoor sites and stealing grounding and power cables for their copper content. Eight Mile Rock is the latest BTC service station to be hit leading to local area interruptions in telephone service.
On Friday, Mr. Laing addressed the media and appealed to the public for help in stopping the thefts by coming forward with information that could lead to the apprehension of the criminals.

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Coral Johnson, 78
August 19, 2011
Coral Johnson, 78

Funeral Service for Coral Johnson, 78, of Chippingham will be held on Saturday August 20, 2011 at 10am at Southland Cathedral Church of God, Soldier Road, West. Officiating will be Bishop John N. Humes assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Cremation will follow.

Left to cherish her memories is her: Children: Gladstone Stuart, Leslie Norville, Osmond Johnson and Joan Johnson-Sweeting; Adopted Son: Milton Newbold; Adopted Daughter: Latoya Skippings-Simpson; Grandchildren: VanTheo, Vanessa and Demisha Stuart, Ashley Wilkinson, Krishaun, Alexandria, Dontae, Jared and Dominique Johnson, Ambry Hall and Ebony Jules; Brothers: Allan, Willard, Luther (Miami, Florida), and Earnal Cleare; Sisters: Hazel Col ...

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Correct decision was made to reject Miller's money
March 24, 2014
Correct decision was made to reject Miller's money

I was deeply moved last week when I read the news that Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson and the Crisis Centre refused a donation from Leslie Miller, who had recently made remarks in the House of Assembly regarding beating his former girlfriend...

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Cossette Marion Gwenillian Styles-Bethel, 84
June 23, 2011
Cossette Marion Gwenillian Styles-Bethel, 84

Funeral Service for Cossette Marion Gwenillian Styles-Bethel, 84 of Prince Charles Drive who died at her residence on Saturday June 18th, 2011, will be held on Saturday 25th June, 2011 at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, Sutton Street off Kemp Road at 1:00pm. Officiating will be Fr. Noel Clarke and Fr. Allaine Laverne. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens.

Her love will forever linger in the hearts of her: Seven Daughters: Lillian Weech, Linda Ezeugo, Sharon & Theresa Bethel, Rebecca Inez Penn, Cossette Alice Kemp & Mary Wright; Five Sons: Andrew, Robert, Michael, Rudolph & Oswald Bethel; Nine Adopted children : Geneva Ferguson, Sarah Saunders, Leslieann Burrow ...

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October 18, 2012
Court grants bail to two men accused of triple murder

A judge on Wednesday granted bail to two men accused of a triple murder in 2011. Senior Justice Jon Isaacs set bail at $30,000 each for Shawn Knowles and Timothy Saunders after the Crown did not object to their release.

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Crazy Love film gets historic Galleria run
May 02, 2011
Crazy Love film gets historic Galleria run

The film, Crazy Love, secured a place in Bahamian cinematic history as the first all-Bahamian movie to screen for an extended run on a Galleria screen.

Although many Bahamian movies have enjoyed one-time screenings or screenings as part of a film festival, Galleria has dedicated a screen to Crazy Love for a one-week run. It is a move that director Clarence Rolle sees as a major advancement for Bahamian films.

“An age-old problem for filmmakers is figuring out how to get their films seen. This is an even greater challenge in the Bahamas, where suitable venues are limited,” he said. “We see this as recognition by Galleria that there is

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December 16, 2013
Crime 'threatens economic rebound'

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday he is concerned that current crime trends may derail the government's efforts to rejuvenate tourism and the economy...

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March 15, 2014
Crisis Center director welcomes Miller as center spokesperson

Bahamas Crisis Centre Director Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson said yesterday she welcomes Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller's "transformation and voice" after he pledged to be a spokesperson for the organization on Thursday.
However, Dean-Patterson said only time will tell whether Miller will follow through on his pledge, and whether his convictions are sincere.
"I am not so naive to believe just because you say something your attitude and your belief system have changed," she said.
"The proof will be in Mr. Miller's commitments, words and actions around this issue to come."
Dean-Patterson said it has been the center's strategy this year to engage men to become advocates in the fight against gender-based violence.
She said international organizations have recognized the importance of getting men to lend their voices to the issue.
"We are all in this and men and woman have to speak out against it, and share the responsibility of getting the message out," Dean-Patterson said.
"The elimination and prevention of domestic and sexual violence will only come when this happens.
"I think that is why it has not been regarded with the attention or the gravity that it should, because men have been silent generally."
Miller came under fire last week after a Nassau Guardian story highlighted his comments in the House on February 20.
Miller, while comparing the opposition's love of Bahamian fishermen to that of an abusive relationship, said he too "had a girlfriend like that".
While laughing, he said, "When I didn't beat her she used to tell me I ain't love her no more 'cause I don't hit her."
He later said those comments were made in jest and denied that he ever beat a woman.
In the House of Assembly on Thursday, Miller apologized for his statements.
He said when he made them he did not realize the enormity of the problem of domestic violence in the country.
He said he came to appreciate the severity of the problem after speaking with volunteers at the center.
He also made a $1,000 donation to the center and pledged to champion its cause.
Asked to respond to Miller's claim that he has a long history of fighting for the rights and protection of women, Dean-Patterson said Miller has been the only male MP to join the center on its annual walkathon in the last two years.
The walkathon aims to raise awareness on a variety of social issues, including domestic violence.
Dean-Patterson commended Miller for his push to get the government to assist the center in securing a safe house for abuse victims.

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March 19, 2014
Crisis Centre director contradicts Leslie Miller

Bahamas Crisis Centre Director Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson said yesterday she made it clear to Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller on Sunday that the center was not accepting his check.
Dean-Patterson, who called into the Gems radio talk show 'Reaction' with host Deborah Bartlett, said she specifically asked Miller to meet her at the Crisis Centre headquarters to share that information with him.
Miller offered the donation amid controversy surrounding comments he made in the House of Assembly about abusing an ex-girlfriend.
Dean-Patterson said she was confused to read that Miller said he was shocked to learn that his check was rejected.
"I was quite surprised to [read] in the paper that he said he didn't understand, because he left with his check," she said.
"That's why I didn't quite understand that."
She added, "I thought that we were on the same wave length."
In the statement issued on Sunday, the Crisis Centre said the acceptance of Miller's check would be "contrary to the principles that guide our work on behalf of victims of domestic violence".
Miller met with Dean-Patterson around 4 p.m. on Sunday and the center released the statement at 3 p.m.
"I didn't realize that it was going out so early, but it went out at 3 p.m. and I think after the meeting apparently he got a call and it seemed to really upset him," she said.
"I still don't understand because we had said it in the meeting. I remember specifically saying, 'I wanted to give you the respect of sitting down and meeting with you so you could understand why it was that we were not accepting the check'.
"I told him we were releasing a statement and I said I know when the statement is released the press will come after you and I wanted you to be able to say that we had talked and you had decided on the direction of giving the check to the agencies that provide housing (for abused women and children)."
On Monday, Miller said he was shocked that the center had rejected his donation of $1,000.
"She never said to Leslie Miller that she could not accept the check," he said.
"We had a very productive meeting, which surprised me. I mean I was on board with her and she was on board with me."
Miller said the press statement from the center would not affect his pledge to assist abused women in the country.
"Either you will be serious in assisting women, or you will have your organization where you have these highfalutin women who believe they have the answers to everything and want to try and make someone look bad," he said.
"It doesn't hurt me because I can give my money to anybody, as I always do."

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March 08, 2014
Crisis Centre rebukes abuse comments

A recent comment on domestic abuse that Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller made in the House of Assembly "perpetuates and encourages violence against women", Bahamas Crisis Centre Director Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson said yesterday.
During his contribution to the mid-year budget debate in the House of Assembly, Miller suggested that he physically abused an ex-girlfriend, but later said those comments were made in "jest".
While not seeking to criticize Miller, Dean-Patterson said his remarks bring much needed attention to the issue of domestic violence, which she said is readily accepted and tolerated in the Bahamian society.
"So to hear leaders and respected parliamentarians joke about behavior such as this only serves to reinforce perpetrators in their belief that they have a right to beat women and it feeds into the misogynic attitude that many people have that objectifies and sexualizes women," said Dean-Patterson at a press conference at the Crisis Centre.
"This continued acceptance and tolerance occurs because of the acceptance of the myths and belief systems that support it, such as the one expressed on the floor of the House of Assembly that women like beatings...and provoke you to do it."
Miller has since apologized for his comments. He said he has never abused women.
Miller made his original statements as he criticized the opposition for allegedly not standing up for Bahamian fishermen while it was in government but seeking to put pressure on the present government to assist them.
He compared the behaviour to an abusive relationship.
"Today they come in here preaching about their love for the fishermen," said Miller, referring to the opposition.
"My God, that's your idea of love? That's like beating your wife or your girlfriend every time you go home.
"You just beat her for looking at her. I love ya. Boom, boom, boom.
"I had a girlfriend like that. When I didn't beat her she used to tell me I ain't love her no more cause I don't hit her.
"But seriously, I had one like that. I had one. She used to tell me," he insisted as other members murmured and chuckled.
House Speaker Dr. Kendal Major injected, "We know that you're joking with that."
However, Miller said he was "serious with that".
Miller said his hand used to hurt from the abuse he administered.
Following that statement, Miller acknowledged that his analogy was in poor taste.
He said he meant no harm and pledged to contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the Crisis Centre.
Dean-Patterson commended Miller for apologizing.
She said parliamentarians must join the fight against domestic abuse.
"It's their voices that people need to hear and not laughter that perpetuates and bolster the myths and encourage intimate partner violence," she said.
"...We all talk about the anger in our nation. We need to look at how we can make our homes more nurturing and safe...It's our responsibility to rid our nation of this scourge."

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